Saturday, December 21, 2013
Toca Mini (best Android apps for kids)
Just released onto Android, Toca Mini is a fun creative expression app for kids. These 3D avatars are customizable and give children an outlet for their imagination. Kind of like a 3D doodling/coloring book, these avatars can be colored using a broad spectrum pallet, as well as decorated with over 120 stickers. Toca Boca are one of the biggest names in the kids' app game, and this is well worth downloading.
Given a four-star review by Kelli at Smart Apps For Kids, with this as her bottom line: Another very nice offering from Toca Boca to inspire your children to play and create. I was a little disappointed that we couldn’t DO more with our creations once they were done, but it has still offered hours of enjoyment for us as we create different little Toca Minis.
As Kelli said, once the Toca Mini is created, there is no further interaction, and all that is left to do is to box the Mini up and start afresh. Looking at the screenshots, I can see that the challenge would be to recreate the Minis that are provided as examples or even to create something that appears less humanoid. These creative expression apps are a good test of children's higher order thinking skills, if they are able to create something that does not necessarily conform to the norm. Placing three eyes, or creating an outfit that would not be culturally acceptable may indicate an ability to think outside the square.
We have mentioned Toca Boca before (see list at the bottom of this page) and no doubt you will be keen to add this one to your collection. Please share this post with your friends!
APP DESCRIPTION ON GOOGLE PLAY
Cute, weird or funny? That's up to you in the colorful world of Toca Mini. Let your imagination run wild in this creative app for kids! Make scary monsters, fantasy animals or your best friends! Dress up, dress down, three eyes or funny feet? The Minis can become whatever you want! To get started, tap your Mini to add colors, stripes, sleeves or even pants. Be creative with stamps to add details such as hats, socks, laces and buttons. Adding facial features allows your Mini to smile, sneeze and see! With thousands of possible combinations there are endless ways of creating your very own Mini! Don’t forget to take a snapshot of your creation and share with your friends.
• Add amazing animated eyes, mouths, noses and eyebrows
• Choose from 60 colors and 78 reversible stamps
• Use stamps to create patterns, hair and clothes
• Take a snapshot and share your Minis!
• Lots of colorful backgrounds to choose from!
• Your Mini makes fun gestures and sounds as you're creating
• No rules or stress - create and play anyway you want!
• Kid-friendly interface
• No third-party advertising
• No in-app purchases
About Toca Boca
Toca Boca is a game studio that makes digital toys for kids. We think playing and having fun is the best way to learn about the world. Therefore we make digital toys and games that help stimulate the imagination, and that you can play together with your kids. Best of all - we do it in a safe way without third-party advertising or in-app purchases.
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