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Toca Train

Toca Train

Spring 2013 Mobile Apps
Ages: 4 & Up
Developer: Toca Boca
Download Price: $1.99
Platform: iPad

Youngsters who love trains just can't seem to get enough of them.

Here, Toca Boca has created a child-friendly simulator where young engineers move a train throughout the countryside. Click on the train icon in the upper right to change perspectives; drive from inside the engine cab, or maneuver the train from outside the car. Learn what happens as the train speeds up or slows down. Control the train whistle and watch what happens when you hold the handle for a short time or long time— the amount of steam released changes the strength and duration of the sound.

The child powered journey can stop at one of three passenger stations and pick up or discharge passengers. Who are the passengers? Where are they going? Will someone be happy to see them?

Stop at the cargo stations (a mill, a storehouse, a lumber station) and select and put the cargo on board. What is in that crate? What does it do? Who needs it? Questions are the essence of learning, and there are plenty to be asked here.

As always, Toca Boca apps are filled with delightful surprises. But you'll have to play to find them. All aboard!

Claire Green   ©2013 Parents' Choice
Claire is president of Parents' Choice Foundation and cofounder of Sandbox Summit®. She looks for toys and media that will unleash children's interests, and celebrate the fun of learning.

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Toca Boca
Available on iTunes

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