We love Toca Boca apps. Although the apps are designed for young children in toddler and preschool age, my older child and myself have always enjoyed playing with Toca apps. I like the design concepts behind their apps – they want their apps be kids’ toys, not games. The difference is playing toys doesn’t follow rules, kids can play anyway they want to. This is how we feel about Toca Robot Lab. It is a fun toy for anyone who wants to play.
Like other Toca Boca apps, kids don’t need any help or instructions to get started on the app. When they open the app, tap on the big play button, they will see a big box as the assembly area and the materials they can use right below the box.
Kids start building the robot with legs, then body, then head, and finish with arms. For each part of the robot, they have 3 choices at the bottom of the screen. All part choices are scrap parts from junk yards, like broken table legs, toy parts, coffee pots.
When kids finish the robot, they can test the robot in the lab. Kids guide the robot through a passage with their fingers. There will be blocks and other barriers on the way, they have to learn to maneuver the robot to go through the barriers, and whenever possible to catch the stars. When they see a big magnet, they put the robot on it to send the robot in for evaluation. After the robot is rated, kids can start building another robot.
On the home screen, you can see the For Parents section at the top left corner. Parents can find a letter from the toy designer. I found it very helpful. It gives ideas on how to interact with kids when they are playing with Toca Robot Lab. For example, parents can talk about what the robots can do based on the parts kids choose for their robot. A robot with arms made of pipes could be a good one for plumbing jobs.
Here is a short video to give you a little sense what the app is like.
Toca Robot Lab is available for iPhone, iPod and iPad. It is usually $0.99 on App Store. It is free today.
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Looking for more Toca apps with a building theme? Try Toca Builders.