What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
- making new creations
Engagement, Approach, Support
Bright colors, patterns, and designs will appeal to many kids, and they don't skew toward stereotypical girl themes as with other fashion apps. Kids have room to be creative.
Parents will need to help kids make meaningful learning connections; a brief section suggests conversation topics. Kids are empowered to design clothes and outfits by taking pictures or dragging and dropping elements.
Brief demos show kids what to do, and the parents' section includes directions.
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.
Families can talk 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.