Check out the trailer for Toca Life: Vacation.
- Ingrid Simone, Toca Magazine Executive Editor
Toca Life: Vacation arrives in the App Store on June 16! Relax … and check out the trailer:
Toca Life Series: Storytelling Fun with Toca Boca
I remember a friend telling me a method she used when working at an elder-care home. They had trouble getting a particular resident to go to bed. This resident would always think she was on a ship, going on a journey, and “bed” didn’t fit into the story. One night my friend decided to just […]
Graduation Ceremonies for Little Kids: Adorable or Absurd?
Ask any parent or teacher how they feel about graduation ceremonies for young kids, and they’ll likely give one variation of these two responses: “They’re adorable!” or “They’re absurd.” At this time of year, many preschools, elementary schools and middle schools across the U.S. celebrate the end of the school year with a graduation. The trend […]
Spinning, Swinging, Sliding and Sand: The Many Benefits of Playground Play
Playgrounds go with kids like roads go with cars — they were made for them! Just as with free play, playing on playgrounds is a lot more than rambunctious fun, though. Kids gain social skills through figuring out how to interact with and share space with other kids. They develop resilience through mastering new skills. […]
Kids Learn New Skills, Follow Their Passions in Online Camps
When Leonardo da Vinci was a boy, his dad worried. Young Leonardo loved building things, so his father bought him architecture books. But before long, Leonardo lost interest in building and became obsessed with bugs. When Leonardo’s fascination with bugs ended, he began painting, so his dad bought paintbrushes. On and on, Leonardo’s interests changed, […]
Not Unplugged at Camp: My Kid Took an iPhone to Sleepaway Camp, and Here’s Why
My son, who will be entering sixth grade this fall, is heading off to his fourth summer at sleepaway camp. For the last few years, he’s been attending three-week sessions at a camp in the Laurentian Mountains north of Montreal, nestled into an idyllic little French-Canadian village. While he’s now a seasoned veteran eager to […]
Loading My Kid’s iPhone for Sleepaway Camp
Sleepaway camp can be a difficult adjustment, so I’d like to share some specific ways I used an old iPhone without cellular connectivity to ease my introverted son’s transition. I loaded it with a variety of both what I hoped would be social icebreakers and what I was confident would be useful soothers of frayed […]