Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. Most of us look forward to these seasonal changes throughout the year because of all the wonderful things the upcoming season brings: weather changes, seasonal fruits and vegetables to eat, holidays to celebrate, and all the fun activities that go along with each. With Tizzy Seasons HD, you and your kids will have a blast exploring many of the same fun activities found within its 4 Seasons (Spring, Summer, Winter, Autumn) — right from the comfort of your iPad app.
Tizzy Seasons HD offers 5 season-related activities in each of the Spring, Summer, Autumn and Winter sections, with the majority of these activities involving fun tap and drag type gameplay where kids have to figure out what item goes where, or what to do in each scenario to successfully complete the expected task at hand. Some examples: grab the rake and rake leaves into a bag, place kite pieces together to make it fly, and complete jigsaw puzzle boards. With the completion of each activity, kids are encouraged by a robust cheer and a star rewarding their completion.
Tizzy Seasons HD greets you with nice colorful graphics in a comfortable muted color palette. The music is upbeat and catchy without being obnoxious. There is definitely an attention to detail when it comes to the the music portion of this iPad application featuring a different music selection for each season, in addition to the main app music. I love the musical changes that come with each season because it really helps to set the mood mentally. Although this application doesn’t have a help/information feature, the graphics intuitively lead you everywhere you need to go. There’s an opportunity to choose between a boy or girl character to explore the seasons with (bottom left button) and kids can easily switch between seasons with a simple tap on the (1 of 4) gigantic season buttons that will transport them into all the fun.
In the Winter season section, kids will have a great time creating their own sled and watching it glide down the snowy hillside, dressing their boy or girl character to go out and play in the cold, and building a snowman. They’ll also enjoy decorating the house by tossing colored lights on it, and playing a twinkle sounding, chase-the-colored-dots-to-reveal-3-winter-related-images game (the anticipation was half the fun). Since Spring is a time of renewal, activities included feeding the birds, planting and watering a vegetable garden, building and flying a kite, and fitting animal pieces into the cloud shapes floating in the sky.
Summer took me catching butterflies with a net, trimming bushes into topiary animals, and making a cute frog family leap from lily pad to lily pad. Even to making yummy ice cream sundaes. The only thing I didn’t like here is that you have 3 options each for ice cream flavors and toppings but are only allowed to use 2 of each, which tempted me and then made be feel a little cheated. The only other activity that I wasn’t in love with has the bubble blowing. It wasn’t real clear that your character blows bubbles and then you’re supposed to pop them in order to clear the line of bubbles pictured at the top of the screen — so, for every bubble you pop on the lower screen, 1 disappears above.
I really like that the developer used the same house and countryside scene as the backdrop for all 4 seasons. This gives kids a chance to conceptualize how the appropriate weather changes effect the land, like when in Autumn, the leaves on the tree are yellow and brown, instead of nice bright green leaves seen in Spring, etc. Ending up in the Autumn activities, kids will pick apples from the apple tree and place them individually into the 3 separate baskets, but it’s a little trickier than that because there are 3 different types of red apples (each with subtle differences) that have to be dragged to the correct matching basket.
Tizzy Seasons HD doesn’t allow kids to place apples in the wrong basket. Another Autumn activity is harvesting fresh vegetables from the garden, similar to the apple picking gameplay. Next, you will come across a puzzle board with 6 different leaf cut outs that require kids to choose the correct leaf puzzle piece shape and drag it into its spot on the board. Here, the wrong pieces can be placed on top of the cutouts without pulling away automatically, but kids will hear a pleasant little “Ding” sound when the leaf fits properly. My favorite activity by far was the carved pumpkin activity. Kids can happily select from a couple sets of eyes, noses and mouths allowing them to virtually create their own “carved” pumpkin, but the best part of this (and your kids will think so too) is when you flip the pulsating light switch off — the pumpkin glows! And Fall just wouldn’t complete if you didn’t have to rake all those fallen leaves off the lawn. In this activity, kids use a rake to drag the leaves into a bag to complete the activity.
As I went through and completed each section, I felt bit let down because there were so many fun activities (5) in each season that one expected a grander finale effect for completion of all 5 activities for a season — not just stars over the activity icon graphics indicating they were completed. Perhaps integrating all 5 completed activities into the house countryside scene (that kids start off with) would give kids a chance to see the “whole” picture for that season. I was happy to discover that once all 4 season activities were complete, the grande finale hooplah occurred (complete with tons of stars and cheers). With a little more interactive opportunities throughout the whole app, this app would be at the very top of its class, but overall, Tizzy Seasons HD is a really entertaining and wonderful learning app to teach kids about the 4 Seasons.
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