Toca Tailor

App review by
Cynthia Chiong, Common Sense Media
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Fashion design tool less girl-centric than similar apps.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 3 reviews

Kids say

age 15+
Based on 1 review

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The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about getting dressed and putting outfits together. While this may seem like a just-for-fun app for kids interested in clothes and clothing design, the parent section suggests some interesting ways to add more learning. For example, kids can come up with different scenarios and think about what outfit would be most appropriate. What would you wear to the opera or to Alaska? Toca Tailor gives kids room to be creative and design unique fashions, but parents will need to help kids make meaningful learning connections.

Ease of Play

Overall, the app is intuitive to use. Brief demos show kids what to do, and the parents' section includes directions. It may take a little practice and time to figure out all of the app's features and options.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Toca Tailor is a cute app for kids who like to play dress up and who like fashion. As with other Toca Boca apps, kids have to explore and discover what they can do on their own. Toca Tailor taps into kids’ creativity, giving them a tool to design clothes and outfits. Kids can even take pictures of items in their environment to use as fabric patterns. A brief parent section provides suggestions for conversation topics.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byAnitaT March 16, 2013
Adult Written byZoe 7171 January 28, 2013

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Teen, 17 years old Written byRyan17 July 7, 2019

Sometimes pornographic

This app has a sex code what you put in console and then it becomes inappropriate to children.

What's it about?

In TOCA TAILOR, kids can design outfits for different models, including animals. They first choose the shape, length, and style of clothes while they are on the model by tapping on them or moving a finger to shorten or lengthen them. Then the clothing moves to the sewing room, where kids can choose the fabric and add buttons, zippers, pockets, and more. Here, kids can bedazzle their hearts out. Finally, kids do a final fitting with their model and add accessories. Kids can save outfits and have a pretend runway show.

Is it any good?

What's nice about Toca Tailor in comparison with other fashion apps is that it feels more gender inclusive and appropriate for younger kids. The bright colors, patterns, and designs don't skew towards the stereotypical girl themes we often see in similar apps. In addition, the models kids dress include boys, girls, and animal characters.

There is one feature that might frustrate kids. When kids dress the models, the characters make facial expressions and sounds that aren't always pleasant -- sometimes the characters sound surprised or even disapproving. Some kids might be a little discouraged if it sounds like the characters don't like their outfits.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Read the parent section for ideas on how to extend the learning for your kids as they use the app.

  • Play real-life dress-up with your kids. Let the pick an outfit for themselves and for you. Encourage them to think about the weather and different occasions as they make their choices.

App details

  • Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
  • Subjects: Hobbies: fashion
  • Skills: Creativity: imagination, making new creations
  • Price: $2.99
  • Release date: October 29, 2012
  • Category: Educational Games
  • Size: 45.60 MB
  • Publisher: Toca Boca
  • Version: 1.0.2
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.3 or later
  • Last updated: November 11, 2020

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