Toca Band

Common Sense Media says

Super cute music app lets kids mix beats and sounds.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is simple and easy to use. Once kids hit play, there's nowhere else to navigate. The interactive elements are intuitive but need to be discovered.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

There's a link to other apps by the developers on the main page, but directions to lock this part are under Parent Center.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Toca Band is a super cute and creative app that encourages kids to discover and explore music. The app includes bunch of fun characters like "Bang Bang Chef," who plays the drums, and "Balooney," who is a musical balloon. As with other apps by Toca Boca, the app is pretty hands off, giving kids room figure out for themselves what they can do. The Parent Center offers settings to disable external links and provides discussion topics to help parents extend the learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • music
  • playing
  • rhythm

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Inventive app does a great job of introducing music basics in a fun, kid-appropriate way through creative and engaging characters. 

Learning Approach

Discovery approach: kids select characters to hear and control instrument sounds, rhythm, and tempo. Interactive elements are intuitive but need to be discovered. 

Support

The Parent Center offers settings to disable external links and provides discussion topics to help parents extend learning.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • music
  • playing
  • rhythm

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • decision-making

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Tech Skills

  • digital creation
  • using and applying technology

Kids can learn about creating music, especially about creating different rhythms and tempos. Kids can test out the rhythms by experimenting with various combinations of characters. They can also move characters up or down the stage to change up the tempo. Kids can learn about a fun range of instruments, from the traditional piano to the unconventional music-making clock. With a little parental guidance to support learning, Toca Band can give kids a fun introduction to music concepts.

This Learning Rating review was written by Cynthia Chiong

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What's it about?

In TOCA BAND, kids pick from 16 different musical characters and "play" those characters on stage by dragging and dropping them into the spotlights. As the characters create sounds and beats, kids can select one character to be the "star" and have that character create the main melody. Each character has different interactive qualities when they are placed in the star position. The further kids move characters up the stage, the faster the characters play.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Toca Band is an inventive app for kids to learn about and explore music. It does a great job of providing the basics in a fun, kid-appropriate way. Kids can learn about specific instruments and their sounds through playing each character. When played together, the characters allow kids to experiment with variations in rhythm and tempo. With the hands-off, exploratory approach here, some kids will get more out of this than others. The experience is what kids make of it. The Parent Center discussion topics can help parents and kids maximize the learning experience.

Families can talk about...

  • Use the topics suggested in the app's Parent Center to get a conversation started with your kids.

  • Bring more music creation into your kids' everyday activities. Tap out a rhythm and have your kids try to repeat it, then ask them to give you one to try.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:March 29, 2013
Category:Music
Topics:Music and sing-along
Size:49.60 MB
Publisher:Toca Boca
Version:1.0.3
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Educator and Parent Written bysarilou99 December 29, 2014
AGE
2
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Repetitive but worthwhile

My 2 year old loves this game and manipulating all the characters to make different sounds. I just wish it had other tunes.
What other families should know
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