Toca Tea Party

Common Sense Media says

Transform iPad into a tea table with cute, imaginative app.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Very easy to play. No reading required. Little shadow shapes show kids where to place the objects on the table to make an organized place setting.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

There's an icon for another Toca Boca app in the right-hand corner of the main screen, but to get to the page with more apps for sale you'll have to follow written instructions (for example, "swipe left with 2 fingers").

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

No login required. Toca Boca's privacy policy is accessible from within the parent's section of the app and explains how the app collects and uses both personal and nonpersonal information.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Toca Tea Party brings little kids around the iPad for a traditional tea party but without the breakable, spillable teacups. Just about as adorable an app as is imaginable, the tea party includes a variety of pretty mini cakes and cookies, drinks, tablecloths, plates, and cups kids can choose from. Once kids get the tea party for three set up, they can invite their friends, stuffed animals, or parents around the iPad "table" to pretend to eat and drink by tapping on the food and drink on the screen -- and even "clean up" an imaginary spill on the table. As kids ask what their guests want to eat and drink and whether they would like more, they can tap on the items and hear tea pouring. The beauty of this app is it incorporates play with building on skills to help kids who have difficulty with understanding visual information and trouble with eye-hand coordination as well as fine motor issues as they follow visual directions at a tea party.

What kids can learn

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination

Responsibility & Ethics

  • respect for others

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The adorable, hand-drawn, colorful graphics and full-screen "table" engage kids in imaginative play and -- with real-life friends or parents -- social play. 

Learning Approach

Provides kids with lots of choices, encouraging planning and thinking skills, and promotes imagination and social skills. All these are baked in to a whimsical tea party experience. 

Support

No reading required. Shapes appear on the screen to guide kids as to where to place items on the table.

What kids can learn

Skills

Creativity

  • imagination

Responsibility & Ethics

  • respect for others

Kids can learn to engage their imaginations as well as practice table manners and social skills while playing Toca Tea Party. As they make choices for what items to include on the table and which food and drink to serve, kids exercise decision-making: "What do I think makes a good party?" Each planning choice shows social respect for their guests. If parents faciliate further exploration, kids also can practice shape recognition and counting various groups of cakes, cups, and more on this creative app. Toca Tea Party is a sweet pretend-play app that extends screen play into real life and helps kids build their imaginations.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

Kids simply start setting up the tea party on the iPad screen, which becomes the "table." Choose one of three tablecloths by tapping and dragging it to the center of the table. Then tap candles to light and drag the three plates to their places. Circles appear to show kids where to set items. Choose from four cups with three drinks (tea, lemonade, or hot cocoa) and the food. Then kids are prompted with, "Get your guests!" Bring everyone around the iPad table and start the party. Tap items to serve, eat, drink, refill, and even change the music on the radio. Enjoy!

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

TOCA TEA PARTY is an ingenious way to bring the classic tea party to kids without buying the mini tea set or cleaning tea stains off the carpet. Every aspect of the app -- from using a tablecloth to pretty little pastries and soft instrumental music -- sets the mood for kids to experience the atmosphere of a traditional tea party. This beautifully created app empowers little kids to make many choices as they create their tea party and as they pretend to host the tea party for their friends, stuffed animals, or parents. It's tea time anytime, anywhere with Toca Tea Party.

Families can talk about...

  • Model good manners as you play along by using "please" and "thank you" and making polite conversation.

  • Ask your kid to point out some shapes of the various foods, plates, and other items on the table.

  • Have a real-life tea party!

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:March 14, 2013
Category:Education
Size:15.30 MB
Publisher:Toca Boca
Version:1.0.3

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