App Review: Toca Nature

Think of this app as Minecraft for preschoolers.

In Toca Nature, opens a new window, children get to design their forests with mountains, different types of trees, and lakes and rivers. Not only are kids getting a sense of maps and environments, they're developing fine motor coordination!

As they build, animals populate the forest. Bunnies, birds, wolves, etc. Now that their habitat has been created, it's the player's job to find food scattered around. Each animal will tell you what they need, too, getting children used to the idea that print has meaning.

You can find this app on the Android, opens a new window and Apple, opens a new window app stores for $3.99.

*Remember, as with all media, it's best if you and your child play together. The American Pediatrics Association recommends that children ages 2 to 5 have a trusted adult to relate what they're seeing to the world around them. They also suggest that screen time be limited to one hour a day for this age group. For more information, take a look at their recommendations for media usage, opens a new window.