What is it
Toca nature is an app where children can be as creative as they like! They can shape nature and watch it develop.
Children can plant trees and grow a forest. Raise a mountain and enjoy the view. Collect berries, mushrooms or nuts, and feed the different animals.
You start off with a pretty blank canvas and have to decide the landscape you wish to create. It’s not a simple drag and drop, you have to actually form the items on the screen (by rubbing); this means that you determine the sizes.
There is a magnifying glass so that you can zoom in and a globe to spin so that you can look from a different perspective.
Tested on an iPad
What our team of testers said
"What you like to eat Foxy? (He liked finding out which food to feed the animals) - Boy aged 4
"I like that you can rub things out when I don't like them" - Girl aged 8
"Im going to find some fish for my wolf because he's hungry. Look, he's eaten it and grown bigger!" - Boy aged 7
- Allows children to play creatively
- Helps children learn about nature and the world around them
- Encourages imaginative play
What our experts think
Toca Nature is a creative and interactive app where the children can use their imagination to create their own worlds; we love the way the animals come to life and children can see the habitats they are best suited to. Children really enjoy the animal aspect and the fact that you can feed them in their habitats with the food collected.
We thought it was cleverly designed and liked the way in which you could turn the world ‘360’ and see it from a range of angles; you could also zoom in so you could see things in more detail.
We really like the freedom of the app as it is open-ended and the music and muted colours create a calm and tranquil creative space.
It would be even better if...
Toca Nature is entirely child-led and some children would prefer more guidance when first using the app, to enable them to access all of the features.
- Brands: Toca Boca
- Key Features:
- No 3rd party adverts
- No in-app purchasing
- No internet access required for core features
- Child Restrictions: Yes- appropriate features restricted
- Languages available:
- Apple version: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
Requires iOS 5.0 or later.
- Android version: 4.0
- App Types: Educational Apps
- Types of skills developed: Cognitive
Understanding the world