Toca Doctor is another app in the Toca Boca series which provides both education and entertainment for young children and alternative learners. This app focuses on treating the ailments of an assortment of patients. To relieve each patient’s ailments, users must solve a variety of unique puzzles. For example, a patient has a headache and the user must relieve it by correctly matching a number of animated shapes to the correct corresponding outline. Other puzzles include practicing hand-eye coordination or fine motor skills and dexterity by touching moving objects or guiding shapes through small mazes. This app contains no in-app purchase, comes in a free and paid version, and is recommended for any user ages 4 and up.
Adapting and adjusting to changing conditions and expectations.
Users will practice Flexibility when changing approaches and strategies for each new puzzle. Toca Doctor presents users with a variety of patients, each with an assortment of unique ailments. To heal or cure each ailment, users must solve a puzzle, guide an object through a maze, or perform another task that requires a limited amount of critical thinking, creativity, or logic. Each puzzle is unique, requiring new deduced strategies. Because the rules and requirements are different for each mini-game and users must transition between them quickly and frequently, Toca Doctor is an excellent way to introduce a young child, alternative learner, or user who simply has trouble coping with change to the Flexibility thinking skill.
Getting started and then maintaining attention and effort to tasks.
Users must complete all of the mini-games and puzzles on each new patient in order to proceed to the next. This process helps users practice the Focus thinking skill, as users must initiate a series of tasks, following through and fully completing each puzzle to obtain the larger goal of curing the patient. Users will also practice Focus when moving between the unique puzzles, mazes, or other challenges. Each new mini-game requires users to deduce and implement a solution with little to no instruction. For example, a user is presented with a number of unique animated shapes and a series of translucent outlines. Users must successfully deduce that solving the puzzle requires each shape to be correctly matched and placed with it's unique outline. Because each patient requires users to complete a series of unique tasks with little instruction, Toca Doctor is a great way to practice the Focus thinking skill.
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