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Toca Life: World
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
What's it about?
Access all the Toca Life scenes in one TOCA LIFE: WORLD. Tap on any location -- post office, theater, or barbershop, for example -- to enter. Once in, add characters, change their clothes, interact with objects, then visit another location. Some locations allow you to record your voice and movements on the screen. Buy more locations and characters or add Toca Life apps you've already purchased directly through Toca Life: World.
Is it any good?
This seamless collection of locations, objects, and characters, for open-ended imaginative play is limited mostly by how much money you want to spend. Toca Life fans will love the opportunity to collect all their worlds in one place. It's easy now to pop into the stable, go on vacation, visit the hairdresser, and stop by the office. There's opportunity here to create a huge, interconnected world -- that is, if you want to pay for it. Those who've already bought apps in the Toca Life series have a decent head start, but even so growing this world requires a bit of an investment, which could make Toca Life: World feel like a push to buy, buy, buy. It's important to note that the developer included a way to turn off the shopping icon, which gives parents a great option for avoiding this pitfall. And though it looks great to keep adding to the world, there's actually a good deal of repetition across locations. Sure, there's different scenery and some different objects, but the essence of what's available in the school isn't all that different than what's available in the city, for example. Finally, the question remains open: Does the digital space really provide as rich an opportunity for pretend play, imagination, and role play a off screen forms of this most traditional type of play do?
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the narratives kids create in Toca Life: World. Ask questions about who different characters represent, what they're doing, and why.
Encourage offscreen pretend play with tea sets, dolls, stuffed animals, action figures, cardboard boxes, and more.
Discuss storytelling. If your kid wants to use the app to tell stories, encourage him or her to have a beginning, a middle, and an end and to use the recording feature in the app.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Language & Reading: storytelling
- Skills: Creativity: imagination
- Price: Free to try
- Pricing structure: Free to try (additional content available through in-app purchases; prices range from $.99 - $3.99)
- Release date: November 30, 2018
- Category: Education
- Size: 598.50 MB
- Publisher: Toca Boca
- Version: 1.2.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 8.0 or later; Android 4.4 and up
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