Parents' Guide to

Toca Lab: Elements

By Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Budding chemists freeze, spin, and explode 118 elements.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this app.

Community Reviews

age 5+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 6+

Not what expected , disappointing

I was under impression Elements and plants are educational apps for 10 years old kids however it is game without any explanation and just wondering in the app for 6 years old and above. I am very disappointed
1 person found this helpful.
age 3+

Young kids will find it fun but they will not learn very much

This is not an educational app. Superficially it appears to be an educational science game. In reality it is not really a game nor does it contain any science. Elements cannot be changed into each other (barring nuclear fission/fusion) You may think it is harmless but the kid may be internalising these misleading ideas at a young age that later on they will have to unlearn. Kids may find it fun pretending to be a "scientist" but I prefer not to expose my kids to the potential confusion dressed up as something educational.
1 person found this helpful.

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Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (3 ):

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.

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