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Toca Life: Stable

By Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Free-play platform lets kids tell stories and horse around.

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Horse lovers will delight in this complex, virtual horse-themed dollhouse. As with all apps in the Toca Life series, Toca Life: Stable excels in its ability to provide kids with tools to inspire and encourage imagination, storytelling, and pretend play. The fun, horse-related opportunities include the forest where kids can ride their horses and camp out with sleeping bags and campfires. Unlike others in the series, this app lets kids move characters, props, and animals directly between scenes with the horse carrier, which makes navigation easier and storytelling smoother. The video-recording feature adds a nice empowerment opportunity for kids to document and share their stories. In some limited cases, objects react to what kids do with them, such as when horses change position as they jump over obstacles. One downside is that the littlest fingers with the least motor control might have trouble with some of the tiny objects, since the controls can be a bit finicky. And, overall, the main drawback is that, unlike offscreen imaginary play, in this digital version kids are guided and limited by what the programmers have written into the app.

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