A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
Choreograph a dance performance with TOCA DANCE. Choose up to three performers, dress them in silly costumes, select a song, and teach them a dance. Use up to three fingers to move the teacher's arms, head, and body while the characters dutifully copy. Fill up to six colored "spots" with moves: Each spot has a different starting body position. When finished, move on to the stage, where kids can change the background scenery or add some special effects or audience sounds. After the performance, choose to save the video to the device's camera roll, or delete and start over again. It's possible the music selections will be available on Spotify, though they're not at the time of review.
Is it any good?
Kids are free to have lots of fun as they make characters in silly costumes move and groove to the beat. Performances let kids add special effects, such as a smoke machine and bursts of fire for extra drama. Some performance features seem a little out of place -- such as fart noises, a poop costume, and throwing food -- and are likely there just to be silly, which kids probably won't mind. Though it's delightful to choreograph body movements, it may take some practice for kids to be able to really make their limbs, head, and body move in a purposeful and intentional way. One major disappointment is the narrow range of music available: It's all upbeat with the same number of beats per minute, but it would be nice to see more varied styles with different tempos. The developer does mention that additional music will come out in future updates, so be on the lookout for that.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the differences between making characters dance on-screen and dancing in real life. Help bridge the gap and get kids doing the same moves they design for their Toca Boca characters.
These kinds of games can be lots of fun but help kids remember that it's important to maintain a balance between on-screen and offscreen activities. Talk together about setting reasonable limits.
Make your own dance party at home! Crank up the music and get moving. Experiment with lots of kinds of music and with different tempos; how do you move your body differently for different music?
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Arts: choreography, dance, rhythm
- Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations
Tech Skills: digital creation
Health & Fitness: movement
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: March 1, 2016
- Category: Education
- Topics: Music and Sing-Along
- Size: 85.50 MB
- Publisher: Toca Boca
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 6.0 or later
- Last updated: June 23, 2019
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