Toca Nature is another wonderful app from Toca Boca. Like all Toca Boca apps, this app is again an open-ended play with no levels, no goals, and no scores. Kids use the tools provided to create a nature world and observe how elements in the nature connect to each other and interchange together. It is a great tool for kids to explore the nature and appreciate the nature. It is available for both Apple and Android devices. It is free on Apple App Store right now.
When kids first start the app, they see a piece of land, and this is the land they can make changes with the tools provided at the bottom of the screen. There are several tools kids can use to make changes on the nature world in the app. To use a tool, just tap on the tool once, and then tap on the spot on the land where you want to make changes.
The Tree Tool: is used to paint out trees. There are 5 types of trees, and each type brings different animals. Although it is not spelled out in the app, in the parents section, you can find out the 5 types of trees are pine, birch, spruce, alder, and oak.
The Axe Tool: is to cut down trees.
The Mountain Tool: raise the ground to create mountains. If kids raise them enough, they will see snow on top of it.
The Water Tool: is to dig into the ground. When kids dig deep enough, water will appear.
The Magnifying Glass: is to take a closer look at a particular spot, that kids can take a closer look of some rocks, plants, and animals.
At any time, kids can explore the nature. There is a globe at the right bottom corner of the screen. Spinning the globe will also spin the land in front of you, so kids can take a view from different angle. After kids zoom in to a spot with the magnifying glass, they can “walk” around by slicing finger on the screen. Depends on the plants and animals at that spot, they will see different food growing also. They can pick up the food by tapping on them, and the food will be saved in the containers at the bottom of the screen. When they see animals, they can feed the animals with the food they collected, and watch the animals grow bigger.
I love how intricate the design is. All elements are connected, like the type of animals is associated with the type of trees, the snow at the top of the mountain. The images are beautiful and the music is soothing and calm. It is a wonderful exploratory nature app for kids from preschool and up. I have to say, it is a wonderful nature app for anyone at any age.
Toca Nature is available for iPhone, iPod and iPad. It is also available for Android devices on Google Play.
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Looking for more exploratory apps for kids to learn about nature? You will like Plants from Tinybop, which is also an open-ended learning app for kids.