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Digital exploration and personalization: Top apps for under-fives

iKids Weekly looks at the top five iPad apps in the Apple App Store for kids ages five and under. Leading the charts across the board is a new app from Toca Boca called Toca Life: City, which lets kids become the masters of their own digital world.
July 2, 2015

For this generation of digital natives, touching and swiping their way through the world has become second nature. So it’s only fitting that a new app from Swedish studio Toca Boca that lets kids become the masters of their own digital realm is topping the charts on the App Store.

Toca Life: City is the first in a new series of Toca Life apps. The mobile offering taps into users’ appetites for creativity and open-ended play, allowing kids to explore a digital city that has over three million ways to personalize 29 characters.

And preschoolers are definitely digging it. According to analytics specialist App AnnieToca Life: City is currently the number-one iPad app for kids under age five in the US, the UK, Canada, Australia, Sweden, the Netherlands, France, Spain, Italy, Japan, Russia and South Korea.

It’s also worth noting that Toca Life: City and the Toca Life series were created based on kid feedback from the original Toca Boca: Town app, which lets young users roam a smaller-sized virtual town. The studio has received over 10,000 requests from fans for new features, many of which were incorporated into Toca Life: City. 

User-generation seems to be experiencing something of an upswing lately, in fact. Montreal, Canada-based Budge Studios recently unveiled its own dedicated app creation program, which uses kid feedback in the development process. The program has since launched two apps: Caillou Search & Count and Miss Hollywood Showtime.

Read on for a full list of the top-five apps for preschoolers on the Apple App Store.

Top five paid iPad apps for five & under

The US
1. Toca Life: City – Toca Boca
2. Little Farmers – Fox and Sheep GmbH
3. Toca Life: Town – Toca Boca
4. Elmo Loves ABCs for iPad – Sesame Street
5. Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood – PBS KIDS

The UK
1. Toca Life: City – Toca Boca
2. Daddy Pig’s Puddle Jump – Entertainment One
3. Little Farmers – Fox and Sheep GmbH
4. Toca Pet Doctor – Toca Boca
5. Abby Monkey Basic Skills: Preschool and Early Learning Kids Educational Early Learning Adventure Games – 22learn

Canada
1. Toca Life: City – Toca Boca
2. Toca Life: Town – Toca Boca
3. Toca Train – Toca Boca
4. Sago Mini Toolbox – Sago Sago
5. Elmo Loves ABCs for iPad – Sesame Street

France:
1. Toca Life: City – Toca Boca
2. Little Farmers – Fox and Sheep GmbH
3. More or Less: Learn addition and subtraction – Marbotic
4. Funny Veggies! Educational games for children and babies – Anastasia Averina
5. Dr. Panda’s Handyman – Dr. Panda

Spain
1. Toca Life: City – Toca Boca
2. Paw Patrol: Rescue Run – Nickelodeon
3. Sago Mini Fairy Tales – Sago Sago
4. Toca Boo – Toca Boca
5. Max & Ruby: Bunny Makes Believe – Nelvana Digital

The Netherlands
1. Toca Life: City – Toca Boca
2. Little Farmers – Fox and Sheep GmbH
3. Dr. Panda’s Swimming Pool – Dr. Panda
4. Woezel & Pip – Dromenjager BV
5. Letter School – Sanorma Media Netherlands B.V.

Australia
1. Toca Life: City – Toca Boca
2. Sago Mini Fairy Tales – Sago Sago
3. Little Farmers – Fox and Sheep GmbH
4. Toca Life: Town – Toca Boca
5. Monkey Preschool Lunchbox – THUP Games

Japan
1. Toca Life: City – Toca Boca
2. Set up the airplane parts! – KidsStar
3. City Cars Adventures by BUBL – BUBL GmbH
4. Dr. Panda’s Hospital – Dr. Panda
5. Kanamoji – HARASHOW Interactive

 

 

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