Toca Tea Party is one of my favorite Toca Boca apps, particularly because it involves a natural social component. I have found that the Toca Boca apps can usually be used in numerous ways. I’ll share some of the ways I’ve used it, and then I’d love for you to share what you’ve done with it!
In a field of mostly women, who thinks to teach boys with pragmatic difficulties how to choose a urinal? This review is a bit different than my usual, but the app is fun and can be a great ice-breaker for a pragmatics-based lesson or unit. And while it may seem to be a light-hearted topic, there can be serious consequences if children with autism or other disabilities don’t understand appropriate bathroom behavior. For example, I had a placement with an adolescent boy who was severely injured after he approached another boy at a urinal. (He, of course, was just trying to be friendly.) There are many other bathroom-related “hidden curriculum” considerations, but this can be a good place to start.
What It Is: An interactive game on choosing the appropriate urinal.