Toca House is beautifully designed using colourful and exciting animations and sound effects to capture any kid’s attention. This iPad app boasts 19 different games, which can all be found in and around a house inhabited by a delightful group of characters. The game opens with the sun rising in the morning over Toca House. Players can explore the house and garden to choose a game to play. The games can be found in different rooms of the house, and even in the garden; and all of them relate to different chores that need to be done. Players must help the characters who live in the house to do their chores. Washing the dishes; cleaning the windows; sorting the mail; and hanging up the washing to dry are just a few of the games to choose from. The game is designed for children between the ages of 2 and 6, but can be enjoyed by anybody. It is certainly one of the most entertaining educational iPad apps we’ve seen.
Guidelines are available to assist parents in providing their kids with maximum benefit, and help and support are readily available. Kids and their parents can also check out the other apps available from the same app creators, Toca Boca. After every 10 games played, the sun sets over the house, and this provides the players with an opportunity to take a rest, or share with each other. Games can be selected haphazardly, and are also shuffled to add to the excitement and unpredictability of the iPad app.
This iPad app requires absolutely no explanation, but certainly provides an opportunity for discussion and learning. Kids learn the importance of keeping the home neat, clean and organised; and parents are given the opportunity to talk to them about what they can do to help around the house; what they can do alone; and what is dangerous for children to do. Incidentally, children also learn fine motor skills, as well as sorting and the concepts of action and reaction. There are no rules, and no score, so its just good, clean fun.