A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.