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Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Sorting & Categorizing, Money, Subtraction, Addition

What we like best:

Money management, teamwork, negotiation and creativity are all introduced in a way that becomes easy and fun for kids to understand.

What you should know:

While it can be played by a single child, it takes two to truly use this app to its full potential.
Full Review:

Bring a kid and her best friend behind the scenes of a store … without going anywhere! For a break from academically heavy apps, try this very interactive game that teaches children how to cooperate, negotiate and spend money wisely.

Budding consumers role-play and create their own stores, using their money skills, sorting, categorizing, imagination and playful nature. Kids look through catalogs that include not only food products, but also household items and toys, and they decide what kind of store they want to run. Although a child can play by herself, the true experience of this app requires two children who work together and negotiate like two little businesspeople. This socializing element comes as a pleasant surprise to anyone who fears that apps isolate children and don't allow conversation. The game also incorporates an important theme: taking turns. And it proves to cater to all children, even children with special needs who can benefit from the “life skill” graphics.

Add whimsical graphics and sound effects, and you've got a fantastic app that is so fun for kids they won't even realize they're getting so many educational benefits. Toca Store truly puts the fun into learning.

Reviewed 2012-10-06 on iPad iOS6 by Vicki Windman

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Price:$1.99
Grade:Kindergarten
Topic:Math
Platform:Apple
Publisher:Toca Boca