At the end of last year the school purchased an iPad2 for each class. I’ve added a few apps to it and have been searching around for apps that I can use in my classroom. There’s a few things I look for in an app for Kindy children (3-5 yr olds):
I saw a review of Toca Store and decided to have a look at it. The reviews at the app store indicated that most people liked the app and at $1.99AU I decided it was worthwhile buying it. I had a play around with it myself before letting my children (8,5 and 3) have a play. Here’s my review of the app:
TOCA STORE by Toca Boca
Toca Store is a take anywhere store that’s available on iPhone and iPad. It can be played by 2 or more players, a shopkeeper and customers, or as a single player taking on both roles. The graphics are bright, colourful and adorable. The shop is initially closed until the shopkeeper sets up their store. He can choose from 3 pages of shop items to add to the 5 baskets in his store. These items range from food to toys to clothing. Once his shop is stocked he’s able to open it up for customers. The customer sits at the other end of the ipad (across the counter) and purchases their items. Items can cost anything from 1-5 coins. The customer has a total of 10 coins that they are able to spend. Below is a summary of the game play.
Here’s a video of the game in use –
One thing I’d really like to use this app for is a starting point into a maths investigation into the many ways to add to 10 using the digits 1-5. My plan would be to blow up the receipt and during the mat session show how all the numbers add up to 10. Then I’d pose questions such as: