Toca Train

Common Sense Media says

Virtual train set for fun, discovery learning.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

Overall, the app is easy and intuitive to use. There are no instructions given, but it is meant for kids to explore on their own.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

On the main page, an icon links to other apps by the developers.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Toca Train is great for kids who love playing with trains. It’s a virtual train set, plus more. Instead of pushing a train around, kids can actually be the conductor, deciding when to pick up and drop off passengers and cargo. As with other Toca Boca apps, kids are meant to explore what they can do on their own, so there’s little instruction. The app comes with a short and sweet parent info section that includes discussion topics. 

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • investigation

Creativity

  • imagination

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids who love trains and making up scenarios can get a lot of enjoyment out of this simulation. There are some cute touches like the ability to pull the whistle. Tasks may get a bit repetitive for some.

Learning Approach

Discovery learning about trains lets kids decide what speed to go, when and where to drop off and pick up passengers and cargo, and whether to pull the whistle. Kids can make up stories about the passengers.

Support

There are no instructions given, but the app means for kids to explore on their own.

What kids can learn

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • investigation

Creativity

  • imagination

Kids can learn about trains as they operate the train picking up and dropping off passengers and cargo. Kids can also make up stories about the passengers, such as the robot or woman who just got on the train or about what to do with the cargo they are carrying. Though Toca Train is not a structured learning activity, kids can learn a little about trains as they let their imaginations run wild.

This Learning Rating review was written by Cynthia Chiong

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What's it about?

In TOCA TRAIN, kids pretend they are the conductor of the train. They can view the train from outside or from inside the conductor’s booth, looking out on the tracks. As the train moves along, kids decide what speed to go and whether or not to stop at each station. There are three stations to pick up passengers and three more for picking up cargo. Kids decide when and where to drop off and pick up passengers and cargo. They also get to pull the whistle!

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Toca Train encourages kids to explore and discover. While the tasks may get a little repetitive for some, kids who love trains and making up scenarios can get a lot of enjoyment out of the simulation. There are some cute touches like the ability to pull the whistle on the train and the fun variety of passengers. Toca Train is like a fun playground where kids explore and play.

Families can talk about...

  • Visit the parents' section and discuss the suggested topics with your kids.

  • If your kids love trains, seek out books about trains for them to explore. If possible, take them to see a real train up close.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:June 23, 2012
Category:Kids Games
Topics:Trains
Size:27.00 MB
Publisher:Toca Boca
Version:1.0.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.3 or later

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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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