Toca Tailor is a great tool for experimentation where your juniors can try out different designs in a relatively short amount of time.
Today, Toca Boca just added a new app to their collection. It is a derivation of Toca Tailor and is entitled Toca Tailor Fairy Tales.
Toca Tailor Fairy Tales
Toca Tailor Fairy Tales is a thematic version of Toca Tailor that features two characters from the original version, new clothing articles and new fairy tale themed accessories. If you bought the original version as a way to encourage your juniors to design their own clothes, you can use this new Fairy Tales version to encourage them to tell stories and create their own characters.
Toca Tailor Fairy Tales features two characters from the original Toca Tailor app, i.e. Mick and Vera. Mick is a down-to-earth boy who loves to play the guitar and the harmonica, whereas Vera is studying anthropology and is very interested in other culture's customs, food and clothing. Knowing these tidbits can help you understand their characters more and figure out which clothes would suit their personalities best.
Since this is a themed version, you can expect different sets of clothing details, fabric colors and other accessories. On the other hand, it also has the same features as Toca Tailor, including the pattern import feature and augmented reality camera.
What parents need to know
Ever since the release of Toca Tailor, the developers have setup a dedicated website where you can submit your design and take part in weekly themes. For example, the theme for last week (Week #5) is Rainbow Dazzles and you can see the top 10 submissions on the website. It is a nice way to keep your juniors excited and motivated to come up with new designs.
I haven't seen any Fairy Tale-related themes being promoted on the site yet, but I assume that with the release of this free version of Toca Tailor, there will be at least one week where the selected theme is fairy tale-related. If you want to take part in it, here are some tips that might be useful when you're playing with your juniors:
- Before you try to create your favorite characters, examine the accessories that are provided by the app. Currently, there is no way to add new accessories or modify their colors. You also cannot change Mick's and Vera's hair colors. Hence, it is always good to start with what you have before figuring out which famous fairy tale characters that you could immitate.
- If you have an iPhone, it is probably better to take pictures of the pattern that you want to import with the iPhone and then upload it to your Photo Stream. This would allow you to have patterns with better resolution than when they are taken with the iPad's camera.
- You can also browse the internet for a particular pattern, save the image to your Camera Roll, crop and edit them with your favorite image editing app, before importing it as a custom pattern.
If you have other tips that you would like to share with other parents on how to be creative with the Toca Tailor apps, please do not hesitate to share them with us. We would update this section whenever there are new tips that might benefit other parents.
Toca Tailor Fairy Tales is a great companion to Toca Tailor. It is also available for free, hence there is no reason for you not to get the app. If you have not tried the original Toca Tailor, this is a great entry point for you. If you like the gameplay, I'd suggest you get the original app too.
Toca Tailor Fairy Tales is available for iPad
Get it on the App Store: iPad
App was provided for our honest review.