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Toca Birthday Party

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Simple, short-lived fun; more options off screen.

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Toca Boca Birthday Party

This app is good, but my 2 year old isn't ready for it yet. It involves lots of dragging around, which is hard with motor skills that aren't really that great yet. There are only 3 cakes (we got the free version) and the Christmas Crackers (aren't they supposed to be for Christmas?) startled Jillian-Mae. Maybe next year.

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Like many Toca Boca apps, Toca Birthday Party gets high marks for being well made with appealing graphics and a no-rules approach. This is a fun app, even if it doesn't have that many interactive features. In fact, as with many Toca Boca apps, there's very little that this app actually does. So, while Toca Birthday Party as a way to facilitate pretend play with friends is cute, there's no good reason to need a screen for pretend play -- and several reasons why you shouldn't use one. For instance, interactions are limited to what someone else programmed the app to do. Kids are better off breaking out the toy cups, some toy food (or draw some on paper), a few of their best stuffed animal friends, and being in complete control of their own make-believe birthday party.  

App Details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Arts: playing
  • Skills: Creativity: imagination
  • Pricing structure: Paid
  • Release date: December 3, 2013
  • Category: Education
  • Publisher: Toca Boca
  • Version: 1.0.4
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 5.0 or later
  • Last updated: September 9, 2021

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