‘Tis The Season To Be Jolly: Google’s Santa Tracker Returns for 2017
Every December, Google updates it’s Santa Tracker, which is a countdown to Christmas. The Santa Tracker is much more than just a countdown as on the 24 days leading up to Christmas, Google has various games and fun activities planned for each day! This is available for Android, iOS, the web users, as well as for the Google Assistant this year.
The Santa Tracker app and website have a ‘Santa’s Village’ section, where Google will be offering ‘new games and holiday cheer’ every day till the 24th of December. The Santa Tracker 2017 website is live and can be accessed here.
Santa’s Village Section contains of 24 games and interesting tools which will unlock one by one every day. So far, there are two unlocked sections – which show the Android App for Santa Tracker, as well as another one which teaches you about how to code a snowflake. There’s also a giant countdown on the top of the page which counts to Christmas!
Google plans to do a lot of things, including ‘world’s largest snowball fight’. One of the most notable things about this years’ Santa Tracker is a game which makes use of the accelerometer of your Android phone along with Google Maps – the game, titled ‘Santa Snap’ allows you to take ‘elfies’ with some popular monuments in the world.
There’s also Santa’s Canvas where you can scribble around, or draw Santa Claus. There are going to be many fun activities like every year – and this is indeed the season to be jolly! The Santa Tracker is a tradition at Google and the company has indeed taken it one major step forward this time. A major focus is on coding this time as Google is trying to inculcate the love for coding in tiny tots at a young age.
In addition to all the Christmas cheer that the Santa Tracker spreads, Google has also introduced a resource site for educators and parents, which comes with games for classrooms, lesson plans and various other activities for kids which helps them learn, as well as develop a love for code! This website for educators can be accessed here.