What parents need to know
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
Thinking & Reasoning
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
There are no instructions given, but the app means for kids to explore on their own.
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?
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.