Friday, September 14, 2018

Children’s iPad App, Toca Life: School

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson,

Toca Life: School is another app in the Toca Life series. It’s available in iOS and Android. I have previously reviewed Toca Life: City, Toca Life: Town, Toca Life: Farm, Toca Life: Stable and Toca Band by the same developer.

From the developers:

- Five locations to explore: house, cafeteria, school building, youth club and playground
- 34 characters to play with and different outfits to wear
- Discover the school building with different themed lockers, a school office and a classroom that includes a lab for experiments!
- Set off the fire alarm sprinkles and use the fire extinguisher
- Learn to play the epic keytar and start a band in the youth club!
- Play sports or cheer on a game at the playground!
- Chew gum and throw stink bombs!
- Start a food fight in the cafeteria and clean it up afterward
- 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
- No in-app purchases

What I liked:

Toca Life: School starts with a 3D map of a suburban block featuring a multi-storied school. Kids can explore to their hearts’ content and discover a cafeteria, classrooms, a playground a house and storage area. There’s even a Youth Club for after-school fun. As usual, there are surprises too, like games to play and parties to enjoy. Choosing characters to play with is simple, and so is sprinkling tomato sauce on someone’s head. Not that I tried it of course.

I am always impressed with the emphasis Toca Boca put on encouraging exploration and telling stories. These digital playgrounds are an updated version of playing with cardboard box schools and dolls that we did in my day. I certainly hope children do both ways of playing, but this app makes great sense if you need to travel light.

Get more of an idea about Toca Life: School in the video below.

Where do I get it?

Check out my iPad App Reviews on Pinterest, and find more apps and articles via my Listly page. I'll be adding Toca Life: School to my List, Creating with Children and iPad Apps.

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