Toca Builder is another app from Toca Boca. It is a Mindcraft-like building app for kids age 5 and up, slightly older than a typical Toca Boca app’s target age. It is free for limited time on App Store.
Like other Toca Boca apps, it is all about free play, there is no goals or scores. Kids simply get in the app and start building. There are 6 builders in the app, each has a unique skill set and own style to get work done. Kids can tap on the little smiley face at the bottom of the screen to choose which builder they want to work with, and can switch between builders at any time during the play. If you go into “For Parents” section at the top-left corner of the home screen, you can find detailed introductions about the 6 builders, such as their names, their ability and functionality.
The building materials are essentially blocks, just like Mindcraft. Kids can change the block colors by tapping on the little block at the top-right corner of the screen. They can also paint the floor to different colors, although not all the builders have this capability.
If kids like what they have built, they can take a snap shot with the built in camera.
One feature I liked is the ability to change the view. Anytime kids can turn the scene around to see it from different angles, they can also zoom in the screen to see a particular spot in detail, or zoom out to see the whole picture. This helps kids to build up the sense of a 3 dimensional world.
What parent can help:
Toca Builder is a toy that can go beyond building. Parents can talk with kids about the 6 builders, how different they are, and how they can work together to achieve a common goal. It also can be combined with writing and story making. Since I am working with my son on writing structures, I am going to ask him build a scene, and then write a paper on how he build it, step by step with appropriate transition words.
What are something you want to do with your kids with Toca Builder?
Toca Builders is available for iPhone, iPod and iPAD. It is usually $1.99 on App Store, it is FREE for limited time at the time of this post. It is also available for Android Kindle devices on Amazon for $2.99, and now is having a promotion for $0.99 only.
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Toca Builders is also available for Android. You can find Toca Builders for Kindles on Amazon for $0.99 right now, with over 60% discount (regular price $2.99).