There's a lot to be said about getting kids excited about science, and Toca Lab's colorful free-play experiments can absolutely do that. As kids explore the basics about the periodic table of elements in an imaginative way, they learn the traits or "personalities" of each element. This app also empowers kids to use the mysterious tools of science found in a chemistry lab (virtually, of course), including serious equipment, such as a Bunsen burner, a centrifuge, and an oscilloscope. Many kids will love watching the cute elements react as they vibrate, spin, heat up, and more during the experiments and then change states. Watching more elements appear on the periodic table also can be motivating.
That said, for parents, teachers, or hard-core science buffs looking to provide kids with detailed, scientifically accurate information, this app doesn't entirely satisfy. The developer notes: "While the periodic table in Toca Lab is accurate, the way new elements are created is not." Specifics aside, Toca Lab can be a fun way to introduce young kids to the general concept of elements, chemistry experiments, and lab equipment in a kid-friendly, non-technical way.