Toca Boca!

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This is a product review. I was provided the products purely for review, but was not otherwise compensated. All opinions are my own.

This giveaway is now closed.

I have admitted freely to allowing my son access to the iPad.

And yes, sometimes, it plays babysitter (don’t judge).

I love how he’s so competent with it, how he figures things out on it by himself, and how he’s actually learned words, numbers and dare I say, concepts from the various applications we choose for him.

There are so many apps out there, it’s mind boggling. So when I was approached by Toca Boca, I was thrilled. These guys describe themselves as a play studio (love!) who build products to help develop children’s imaginations, and there are no in-app purchases (any parent who’s had to deal with their kids inadvertently pressing ‘buy this app now’ knows what I’m talking about).

I was provided with three apps for the iPad – Toca Doctor, Birthday Party Playtime and Toca House.

My toddler (aged 2) LOVES all three games.

Birthday Party Playtime is a fun game where the kid chooses one of three birthday cakes, sets the table, chooses a present, and blows out the candles. He/ She then proceeds to serve and eat the cake, pour drinks, open the present and pop some confetti! Then (this is my favorite part), you put everything in the sink to wash up! Monkey claps his hands and cheers each time he finishes.

Toca Birthday party menu screenBirthday Party cakeBirthday Party table setting

I tried playing Toca Doctor before Monkey did – and I actually enjoyed it. It lets kids play doctor for the day and I love how the app lets you solve puzzles and play mini games to ‘fix’ your patient. The cute sound effects and animations are awesome, and you can take the opportunity to teach your child about the human body too.  There are 21 games, so your child definitely won’t get bored.

Toca Doctor menu screenToca Doctor bodyToca Doctor broken leg

Toca House was just fun, fun, fun. I’m also hoping Monkey picked up some tips on house chores (ahem). Your kid can help five characters mow the lawn, do laundry, mop the floor, sort groceries and so many more (19 games in all).

Toca House menu screenToca House laundry roomToca House mowing lawn

All screenshot images courtesy of Toca Boca.

You know I’m not a review blogger. I would never endorse a product I don’t love, that my child doesn’t love.

Toca Boca however, gets my thumbs up. Their games are fun, educational, easy to play and they look simply awesome.

I loved these three apps so much, I actually purchased Toca Kitchen where you can cook and serve 4 hungry diners, ranging from a little girl to a cat. Yes, a cat.

So run out there, and get some Toca Boca apps – they have so many more fun games (Fancy building a robot? Throwing a tea party? Playing hair salon?)! I promise, totally worth it. Your kids will LOVE you.

Before you go though, you can try to win one of five promo codes that Toca Boca has generously offered to give my readers so that you can enjoy one of these apps I’ve reviewed here, absolutely free. Who said Friday the 13th is unlucky?

The giveaway rules are:

1. Mandatory entry: Leave a comment below to tell me which app you’d love  for your kid (or you, I won’t tell) to try. The Toca Boca apps are available for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch. 

2. Optional entry: Follow @TocaBoca on Twitter and leave a comment to say so.

3. The giveaway is open worldwide.

4. The giveaway will close on Monday, April 16 at 9.00pm Eastern Time.

5. Winners will be drawn via the ‘And The Winner Is’ plugin, and will be announced on Wednesday, April 18.

Good luck!

Alison Lee is a former PR and marketing professional turned work-at-home mother. After a 10-year career in various PR agencies, and of the world’s biggest sports brands, Alison traded in product launches and world travel, for sippy cups, diapers, and breastfeeding. Alison's writing has been featured on Mamalode, On Parenting at The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Everyday Family, Scary Mommy, and She is one of 35 essayists in the anthology, My Other Ex: Women’s True Stories of Leaving and Losing Friends. In 2012, she founded Little Love Media, a social media consultancy specializing in blog book tours, and because she doesn’t sleep, is an editor at BonBon Break, an online magazine. Alison lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband and four children (two boys and boy/ girl twins).

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  • April 13, 2012 Life As Wife

    I love the idea of a game that teaches kids that chores or eloping out can be fun!! The kitchen app would be my absolute fab though because we are currently cooking with little man. (I don’t think that was one of the choices though… Hahah)
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  • April 13, 2012 Life As Wife

    FollowinG them @samkanatzar
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  • April 13, 2012 Galit Breen

    Love it, girlie!

    And no judgement here – that doctor one *does* sound like fun! 🙂
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  • April 13, 2012 tracy

    LOVE Toca Boca. Met them at BlogHer and already have all of their apps. BEST. EVER!!! Awesome giveaway!
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  • April 13, 2012 jackie

    All these sound like fun! I think my son would like Toca Doctor

  • April 13, 2012 jackie

    following TocaBoca on twitter

  • April 13, 2012 Kimberly

    Fun! I think my kids would like the doctor app. (And yes, I totally let them play with the iPad too. Babysitter, anyone?)
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  • April 13, 2012 Kimberly

    I followed them!
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  • April 13, 2012 Erin

    How fun! Sounds like my kids would enjoy the Birthday app.
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  • April 13, 2012 Romy

    Recently discovered Toca Boca and absolutely love the apps. My toddler loves Toca Hair Salon. Next on our list is Toca House 🙂

  • April 13, 2012 Tony

    Im already following @tocaboca on twitter. That’s how I found this article! I already have a bunch of tocaboca apps but not house, and I think my little buddy would love it :). Oh I’m @supermassive on twitter btw.

  • April 13, 2012 Life with Kaishon

    It sounds like this guy developed some really fantastic games : ) I am glad your son loved them!
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  • April 13, 2012 Erica M

    I had the iPad to myself for about 20 minutes the other day, couldn’t remember how to use it, went back to my iPhone. It now officially belongs to my toddler who discovered the Toca Boca apps last week. We’ve been building robots. Any app would be fine by him; he loves them. Thanks.
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  • April 13, 2012 Jessica

    I like whatever app my little one will use to help her get through potty training.
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  • April 14, 2012 Lady Jennie

    Kids do learn stuff from online games. It is a perfectly acceptable babysitter IMHO. 😉
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  • April 14, 2012 Rob Maguire

    My 3yr old daughter has 5 Boca games, but she really wants the Boca store … she loves to play store!

  • April 14, 2012 Megan

    My son loves to cook, so the kitchen one would be perfect!
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  • April 14, 2012 My Inner Chick

    –No way would I judge, Mama A.
    Those are the same kids who will be ruling technology & business in a years to come.
    It’s better than watching televison…that’s for sure.
    I think it’s fabulous how much they know….

    <3 Xx
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  • April 14, 2012 Maggie

    I was so surprised when I saw how my 2 year old niece was able to use an iPad. She knew exactly where to find all her favorite games and videos. I was impressed!
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  • April 14, 2012 By Word of Mouth Musings

    these kids are way more tech savvy than I am!
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  • April 14, 2012 jacqui

    They must be great games if they got the Monkey seal of approval!
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  • April 14, 2012 Stephanie

    I don’t want to win this. I don’t even have an IPad. But I kinda want to play the house game. Sounds like so much more fun that actually cleaning mine!
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  • April 14, 2012 Ado

    Toca Boca – sounds so exotic only for kiddies. Love it.
    If they do a movie, it could be called “Toca Boca Boca…” get it? (-:
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  • April 14, 2012 Natalie

    Is it sad that I don’t have an iPad or iPhone? Yeah I know I need to catch up with the future!
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  • April 15, 2012 Tonya

    We just got an iPad, although Lucas is VERY familiar with our iPhones, but having said that, I’m looking for new apps, and teaching games in particular. Thanks for the review and if your Monkey likes them, Lucas probably will too!
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  • April 15, 2012 JDaniel4's Mom

    We have these on our family Ipad and love them. JDaniel loves the program with the robots as well.
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  • April 15, 2012 Jamie

    I’d love the doctor one! then I could rid of the all the band-aid trash for good!
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  • April 15, 2012 Adrienne

    I’m jealous. I want an ipad! My kids love the apps on their ipod touch though. I wonder if you can play this on that?
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  • April 15, 2012 Stasha

    That doctor one looks like fun! Was a whole lot different when I played doctors as a kid. Much more tidying up involved by my parents.
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  • April 16, 2012 Julie

    Toca Doctor looks like fun! If I could ever wrestle the iPad out of my husband’s hands.
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  • April 16, 2012 Robin

    Very cool! They seem like a great company. I’d love to try the doctor one – I bet C would love that.
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  • April 16, 2012 Robin

    Following them on Twitter.
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  • April 16, 2012 Greta

    I don’t have an iPhone or iPad, but those games look fun! Whoever wins will love them, I’m sure.
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  • April 17, 2012 grace

    Were big ipad-as-sometime-babysitter round these parts as well. =)

    I think my little R1 would love the toca Doctor one.

    Thanks for the giveaway!
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  • April 17, 2012 Sara

    Nothing wrong with that!

    Thanks for stopping by on my SITS day!

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