Helping young children practice basic money concepts
Toca Store is a digital shop that enables young children to practice basic money concepts. It is a two player game where one child acts as the shopkeeper and another child or perhaps an adult acts as a customer. The shopkeeper gets to choose the goods that go on sale and has to decide on a price for each item (ranging from 1 to 5 coins). The customer then has to hand over the correct number of coins.
Toca Store is very easy to play but for children to get the most out of it adult involvement would be helpful. This way a parent could draw out the learning as the game progresses. For example, they could encourage the child to count out the coins as they hand them over. Parents could also explain how the app differs from real life. In Toca Store the customer has to continue buying items until their money runs out. Not such a good idea in the real world! Also, if children do not have enough money in their purse to buy the final item a magical purse appears with just the exact number of coins they need. Oh how I wish this would happen when I visit the shops.
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