Earlier this week, an email from Swedish kids app design studio Toca Boca popped into my inbox about the new app that’s just been launched called Toca Boo. Now as far as kids’ apps go, we’re big Toca Boca fans in our house. Playing games on my phone or the iPad isn’t something the twins get to do with great regularity (I’m a bit of a dinosaur about them playing games I’m afraid), but the gender-neutral approach Toca Boca takes to all its digital toys is right up my street. Luckily the twins share my enthusiasm, and the Toca Boca apps we already have definitely rank highly on their list of favourites. I love that I can hand a Toca Boca app over to the kids for them to work out themselves, and there aren’t any in-app purchases or advertising being pushed at them.
Toca Boo is aimed at kids aged between three and six, and is centred around a kid hiding in order to jump out and scare her parents. For a cute taster, check out this mini horror movie – Bonnie Says Boo! – released by Toca Boca to coincide with the launch of the app.
I made use of the free printable Toca Boo craft kit early this afternoon when I needed to manage the twins’ bouncing-off-the-walls levels of excitement about the impending Halloween party and first ever trick or treat outing later in the day. They’ve already been playing with the app, so they were thrilled to recognise the Toca Boo characters, and the popcorn went down pretty well, too.
Disclosure: Toca Boca gifted me the Toca Boo app so that we could test it