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Toca Tailor

Toca Tailor

Spring 2013 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 - 7 yrs.
Developer: Toca Boca
Download Price: $2.99
Platform: iPad

Though it is becoming somewhat of a lost art, many great fashion designers start by honing their tailoring skills. Toca Tailor gives children a taste of what tailors do by encouraging them to play as fashion designer for a bit. Choose to dress one of four models from a set of two children and two animals. Tap their top's sleeves or midriff to change its shape. Use your finger to hem or elongate sleeves. A few more taps toggle between pants and skirt, and a dragged finger alters length.

Not happy with the yellow fabric of your model's new shirt? Click the box in the lower left corner of the screen to enter the app's cutting table. There you can choose from 24 fabrics in various textures and patterns. There's denim, wool, and a loud floral print that must be polyester. Pinch and twist your fingers to re-size and position each bolt of fabric you use, then decorate your garment with gems, studs, patches, and pockets. App developer Toca Boca makes it very easy for children to create their own fabric, too. Just take a photo of a favorite pattern, person, pet, or anything, and the app will turn your photo into a new swatch of fabric. Children can top their new creation with a chic hat, pair of glasses, or collar.

Beautiful design combined with a structured creative activity will entice kids (and their parents) to tinker with Toca Tailor and its many options over and over. Don't be surprised if your camera roll quickly fills with saved designs!

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