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Toca Blocks

Author: Toca Boca
Lower Age: 6+
Website: https://tocaboca.com/app/toca-blocks/
Price: $3.99
Year Added: 2018
Product Video: https://youtu.be/QMycH9DoQCw

Toca Blocks is an app available to both Android and iOS made by Toca Boca. It is a simple sandbox game which allows children to make and create their own world. This encourages kids to think outside of the box and create whatever they wish whether it is something new or based on something they’ve seen before. Children are given certain types of blocks which by themselves can do different things or be combined to make even more variations. Children are also given different items which aren’t blocks to add to the fun. Then it’s up to them, they get to create their own world filled with challenges and obstacles which they can overcome using any of the three heroes presented to them at the start of the game. Whenever they finish they can make improvements, make it harder, or make it easier. They can also give this game to their friends to test the worlds they have created or for their friends to create worlds for them to try. This game can take no time at all or can take hours. Each time they play will be a different experience. Lastly, there are no instructions to the game. A child is simply given a canvas and materials, it’s up to them to create and invent their new world.

 

Engineering thinking and design practices the gift encourages children to do or learn about: define a problem, idea generation, plan a solution, test the solution, analyze a solution, make improvements to the solution, communicate a solution

 

Engineering text or context explicitly provided by the gift: constraints

 

Additional practices and skills needed by engineers that were addressed by the gift: creative thinking, design, iterative design

 

Overall ratings:

  • Children Reviews

    • Rating:  4.8 out of 5.0

    • Feedback:

      • “I loved building and creating my own world.” f,7
      • "I liked making new block combinations. It was fun making whatever I wanted." m, 6
  • Parents Reviews

    • Rating:  4.75 out of 5.0

    • Feedback:

      • “My kids really liked this game. What I liked was that they were using their imagination and creating and designing. My kids have asked about purchasing block building type games before but what I liked about this was it was age appropriate, and was free of ads, in app purchases and violence.”
  • Engineering & STEM Experts Reviews

    • Rating: 5.0 out of 5.0

    • Feedback:

      • “I enjoyed playing it. One of my criteria for a good game is being able to play it for a long period of time and this game can take your attention for a long time. I liked that each time you play it doesn't have to be the same."
      • "It is a great game. I can envision kids building courses or worlds to challenge their friends and family."