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Appy Monday! Doctors, hairdressers, robots!-Toca Boca Apps under review

Toca Boca apps are the talk of mums at the moment- so we took a journey through their apps- and loved exploring the unusual world of Toca Boca. 




Paint my Wings is one of the simplest games and a North London Toddler favourite. It is a finger painting game which allows children to paint the wings of the butterflies, with a clever mirroring effect on both wings (we saw something just like this at the Science museum last week!). The funny little butterflies have amusing voices and characters when they encourage the player to paint their wings, and eventually say goodbye. We think this works best on the iPad where there is lots of room for creative drawing.

Vital Stats:
Availability: iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
Cost: Free


Toca Robot Lab allows your child to create your robot with a clever conveyor belt which rolls pieces out of the lab. Once the robot is completed, it moves to a testing area where it can pick up stars and knock over balls and blocks as it zooms around. It was a bit unclear what was meant to be happening in the test part, and we were a bit disappointed that there wasn't much depth to the game, but the building part is fun.

Vital Stats:
Availability: iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
Cost $0.99



Toca Hair Salon is hilarious! On entering the hair salon you have a choice of 6 characters. Once you select one,  then you can cut, colour, comb, shave and blow-dry lifelike hair using the different things which appear in front of the character. It's extremely therapeutic- and easy to do- I don't know what North London Toddler thinks as she hasn't been given the chance to play! Great sounds effects too from the street outside and the individual characters. Get a feel for the game with the trailer here.

Vital Stats:
Availability: iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
Cost: $1.99



Ever played hours of "doctors" with your child? Toca Doctor lets your kids become a doctor for a day with a fun but also puzzling game (which also lets you put your feet up!). The game is set up so that you examine the patients and play puzzles and mini-games that take place in the human body, like putting plasters on scratches. Children can play in their own time and if they can’t finish any certain game it still continues so that they never get stuck. The graphics are amusing and simple and the game is a fun introduction to the human body. See more here.

Vital Stats:
Availability: iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch.
Cost: $0.99




Toca Tea Party is a really clever idea and well executed.  It allows your child to set up a virtual tea party on the iPad- for friends and dolls alike! Your child can choose from a number of table cloths, plates, cups and glasses to set the table, and when everyone is finished your child can do the dishes! This is perfect for children who like to role play- and mums and dads can easily join in too. There's a great You Tube promo too.

Vital Stats:
Availability: iPad
Cost: $2.99





Helicopter Taxi is an unusual app which turns your phone into a digital toy. Helicopter Taxi uses the camera on your iPhone so that it looks like it’s really flying next to you.  The game has 5 unusual characters to pick up and drop off- all of course with Toca Loca's trade mark cute voices. If you are happy to allow your iphone to fly round the room then it is a fun app but we wonder how engaging it will be after the initial novelty has worn off. You can explore more with the You Tube trailer.

Vital Stats:
Availability: iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
Cost: $0.99

What did you or your kids thing about these apps? We'd love to hear from you! And if you have other kid-friendly apps that you can recommend or would lie us to review- do let us know!
amtstevens 15 August 2011 at 10:28 said...

Have you checked out the Duck Duck Moose apps? My son loves them - especially the Baa Baa Black Sheep one.

I'll be downloading some of those mentioned above too - thanks for the tips!

North London Mums 15 August 2011 at 12:40 said...

Thanks! Yes we love Duck Duck Moose too. Old Macdonald and Wheels On The Bus are our favourites. Will feature them soon. Any other tips?

amtstevens 15 August 2011 at 14:40 said...

He also loves Talking Carl (so do I!), Chuggington Roundhouse, Sound Shaker, DoodleBuddy, the Dream Cortex games and Sound Touch. That's probably enough to be going on with for now! Jemima Kiss did a piece on apps for toddlers in the Guardian a while back and that's how I found most of these.

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