Keep Your Kids Busy All Month With These Interactive Santa Trackers

2 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Google Launches Santa Tracker 2015 Complete W/ Mobile App.

Google’s interactive Santa Tracker is back, but this time with more entertainment than ever for the littl’uns to enjoy in the run up to December 25.Last year, Google’s Santa Tracker was a pretty big deal for those who love getting into the holiday spirit to celebrate Christmas, and this year Google has brought the tracker back so kids and adults alike can keep tabs on old St.

This year’s effort, offered as both an online portal and an Android app, features a digital Advent calendar with a new activity to try each day throughout the month. The tracker this year is available from both the desktop at the actual Santa Tracker website and through mobile devices using the Android application, which can be grabbed from the Play Store for free of charge by anyone who enjoys the holidays as much as the team at Google.

Those who have used Google’s past trackers will be familiar with the page — it is wintery and styled after Santa and other Christmas elements, and features interactive elements related to the holiday, as well as a timer counting down the days, hours, and minutes before Christmas. Interestingly, this year’s Santa Tracker gives children the opportunity to try their hand at some super-basic coding, with 10 festive-themed challenges to complete. If your kid finds them a little too simple and wants to try something more challenging, there’s a link at the bottom of the webpage that’ll take you to Google’s Made with Code site offering a bunch of other exercises and related information. The app also has a much more material design style UI compared to the website and app from last year, although, as stated above the Santa Tracker site is alive and well this year too so you can still enjoy things through your computer if you wish. The interface, which lets kids keep an eye on the big man in red as he makes his way around the world delivering prezzies, devouring mince pies, and guzzling sherry, features “the latest and greatest in Google Maps technology and sleigh engineering,” the company says.

The Code Lab is the most interesting aspect of the newest Santa Tracker — it uses fun Christmas animations and imagery to teach kids very basic coding skills. NORAD’s Santa-tracking service was born 60 years ago after a Colorado Springs newspaper misprinted a ‘hotline’ phone number for kids to call Santa. It starts off with assembling small characters, then presents blocks with commands and a related animated board where the code is shown in action, and progresses from there. The erroneously printed number belonged to NORAD’s predecessor, the Continental Aerospace Defense Command (CADC), which of course received countless calls from excited children who wanted to chat to the rosy-cheeked gift giver.

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