Friday, July 13, 2018

Children’s iPad App, Toca Life: Stable

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson,

Toca Life: Stable is one of the iPad apps in the Toca Life series. I have previously reviewed Toca Life: CityToca Life: Town, Toca Life: Farm, and Toca Band by the same developer.

From the developers:

- Explore four locations: stable, arena, forest and shop.
- Create stories for 24 new characters plus horses and other animals!
- Care for your horses: feed them, lather them up till they're nice and clean, brush them.
- Choose outfits from your favorite themes: medieval, western, everyday stable life and fantasy!
- Hop on to ride bikes in the forest and race motorcycles in the arena!
- Set up obstacles and show off your horse's jumping skills!
- Eat at the food court and use the portable potties!
- Have a campout!
- Snuggle into your sleeping bag to stay warm under the stars!
- Take a canoe ride or swim by a waterfall.
- Make music with magical lily pads!
- Move horses, characters and objects from here to there in the horse transport!
- Record your stories in the app and share with your friends!
- No time limit or high scores — play for as long as you like!
- No third-party advertising

Toca Boca want kids above all to have fun and create and I think that comes across in their apps. Toca Life: Stable is ideal for kids who love animals, especially horses. What kids wouldn’t want to role play horse-related activities? They can groom ponies, saddle them and try them out over jumps. They can try horseback camping in the woods and swim near a waterfall. The shop is easy to visit and there’s no need for money - just grab harness, helmet, grooming brush and the like and take it wherever you go.

What I liked:

I love the digital toy aspect of this app. It’s similar to what I did as a child with plastic horses, tiny dolls and shoe box houses. Nostalgia makes me think those days of creating our own props were great, but I know a young Book Chook would have trampled over any shoe box to get to everything this app offers.

There’s an emphasis on creativity that’s terrific as well. Kids can narrate while they move characters and props to create little movies. There are also cute surprises - lily pads can make music - and fun - wait until you see the porta-potties! This is a great app for horse-lovers and for parents to share and explore with their kids.

Where do I get it?

I’ll be adding this app to my list of iPad apps that kids can create with, and my list of tools that involve kids in digital storytelling.

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