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