New World-Building App, Toca Blocks, Brings Construction Play to Kids’ Fingertips
- Carl Frisell
Available on the App Store on December 17, Toca Boca’s new world-building app, Toca Blocks, invites kids to create and explore the worlds they imagine. Starting with a blank canvas, kids can experiment with the apps’ transformative blocks to construct their own unique worlds.
Tapping into kids’ curiosity, the blocks themselves offer a lot for kids to explore. There are a variety to choose from, each with their own characteristics made of various colors, textures and materials. Kids will also discover that there’s more than meets the eyes with the ever-evolving blocks: dragging one on top of another will reveal new shapes with new properties — everything from other unique blocks to items kids can use to fill their worlds such as a tree, chair or toilet. Kids can uncover the propeller to build a flying house or use trees to create an indoor forest. The only limit to what they build is their own imagination.
By encouraging imaginative construction play, Toca Blocks helps kids see the endless ways one can use the same item.
“Construction play isn’t only about creating something beautiful, it’s about how you get there. When you create something, the materials you use get new meaning: a blanket becomes the ceiling of my playhouse, a chair becomes a stepping stone in the lava pit that’s erupted from the floor,” says play designer Mårten Brüggemann. “Using your imagination naturally brings out an evolving ruleset from which you can use to create and play within. With Toca Blocks, we give kids a digital environment that enables this aspect of play.”
Toca Blocks also features three inhabitants, each with different traits such as flying, climbing and smashing. With the characters, kids can set out on an adventure to explore the worlds they create. Secret doors even open up new environments, letting kids create and discover world after world.
App Features Include:
- Blank canvases for kids to explore — start building underground or up in the sky
- Three pre-installed worlds that lend inspiration to kids who don’t want to start building from scratch
- Many combinations of blocks and hidden objects — once kids discover a new block or object, it’s stored in their inventory at the bottom right of the screen
- Tools including a pencil and eraser to make it easier to place and delete blocks
- Three heroes who are ready to explore the worlds – fly with the bird, climb with the bear or smash blocks with the cat
- Secret doors to access new worlds
- Ability to save and edit creations
Toca Blocks marks the 30th app released by Toca Boca since the start in 2011. The app is developed by the team behind Toca Nature, the company’s most award winning app of all time.
Toca Blocks is $3.99 / £2.99 / 45 SEK / 3.99 EUR on the App Store.
About Toca Boca
Toca Boca, the No. 1 mobile-first kids brand in the App Store, is a play studio that makes digital toys for kids. Since its first product launch in 2011, Toca Boca has released 30 apps that have been downloaded in 215 countries worldwide. With more than 100 million total downloads to date, Toca Boca apps focus on stimulating kids’ imaginations so that they can play and have fun in a safe digital environment. With offices in San Francisco, Stockholm and New York, Toca Boca is part of The Bonnier Group, a family-owned business that includes newspapers, magazines, television, cinemas and digital media. For more information, please visit www.tocaboca.com.