Good Free App of the Day: TOCA BAND!

image from seems like Toca Boca has been making one of its apps free every other day this week, and today there is another – Toca Band!

When Heather announced it's launch she said: "Toca Band combines cute characters with a variety of sounds, turning toddlers and preschoolers into mix masters. Each character—a drumming spider, a ticking clock, a guitar-playing boy, a squeaky balloon—makes a unique sound. Combined together, it’s an experimental cacophony that still manages to be reasonably melodic as it plays along to the new original song."

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Toca Band - Toca Boca AB

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From iTunes:

Play with sounds and create your own band! 

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Toca Band is getting ready for their big concert and needs your help to mix beats and sounds together for their hit song! Toca Band is a fun and easy toy that encourages children to explore music in a new creative way! Choose from 16 different cool characters – each with their own unique quirky sound and musical rhythms. Put your band members on stage to get the music started – then move them around and see what happens! Try out new band combinations, explore different sounds – and while you’re at it, why not give the lovable rapper, Stikk Figga something he always dreamed of: a solo performance!

With Toca Band you can play together with your kids and experiment with sounds, beats and rhythms in lots of fun ways. Guitar or opera, upbeat or downtempo, let’s find out what sounds best together!

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√ Background music, animation and fun sound effects.
√ 16 colorful characters, each with their own unique sounds and moves!
√ 48 fun sound loops that can be put together in endless combinations
√ Change the way each character plays by placing them further up- or downstage
√ Make the song the way you like it – then dance along with your own moves 
√ Play and improvise in solo mode by placing a character on the star
√ Combine rhythm instruments with melody and vocals 
√ Amazing original graphics
√ No rules or stress – play any way your kids want to!
√ Kid friendly interface!
√ No third-party advertising!
√ No in-app purchases!

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– Bang Bang Chef – Drums
– Dancy Nancy – Piano
– Mr Whizzle Whiz – Whistle
– Shaky McBones – Maraca
– Zuzz – Accordion
– Figara – Opera Singing
– Kalinka – Singing
– Stikk Figga – Rapping
– Lil’ Riff – Guitar
– Frig’n Frog – Frog
– Wao Miao – Theremin
– Tic Toc – Clock Percussion
– Shoe String Charlie – Bass Guitar
– Balooney – Balloon
– Dolores – Percussion
– Bimbell – Harp

image from Band is not a game – it’s a toy where you and your kids get to explore music together. Oh, and don’t forget to let your kids make some noise of their own too! 
As with all Toca Boca toys, there are no high scores, time limits or stress. Your kids can play with it however they want! Toca Band is suitable for kids between 2-9 years old.


If you like Toca Band – check out our other digital toys available for the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad! Find all on 

Privacy Policy
Privacy is an issue that we take very seriously. To learn more about how we work with these matters, please read our privacy policy:

Toca Boca is an award winning game studio that makes digital toys for kids. We think playing and having fun is the best way to learn about the world. Therefore we make digital toys and games that help stimulate the imagination, and that you can play together with your kids. Best of all – we do it in a safe way without third-party advertising or in-app purchases.

Toca Band music created by: Håkan Lidbo Audio Industries


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Lisa M is wondering whether anyone else had to Google 'cacophony'?


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Every day we pick what we affectionately call the Good Free App of the Day, an app that we have downloaded, tested and certified: It can't have a ton of ads or just a little content with in-app purchases.

It also has to be good.

We then present them to you to read, download, and share and, based on which ones got the most hits from you, here are your Top 100 Free Apps for Kids! Enjoy!

Please also see our Top 10 Preschool Apps (staff picks)Top 10 Free Apps for Learning LettersDeanne's Top 10 Free Apps for ASD KidsTop 12 Apps for MomEditor's Top 10,Reader's Choice Top 10, and Top 10 Addition Apps.


(** indicates that the app contains in-app purchases/is very closely tied to a purchase or has ads)

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2) Open Wide Snap (we rated five stars)

3) Disneyland Explorer

4) National Geographic Explorer

5) ** Toddler/Preschool Flash Cards (warning! now has ads!)


6) Toy Story Read Along

7) Hide Run Growl (we rated five stars)

8) Little Stars – Toddler Games  (letters, numbers, shapes, colors, words)

9) Play 123

10) Peggy Storybook 1

6a00e39822836188330167637cf6cf970b11) ** Playful Minds: Math (5-8 years old)

12) Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Road Rally Appisode

13) ** Build a Word Express

14) ABC Alphabet Phonics

15) Little Writer – Tracing Letters, Numbers, Words and Shapes (awesome app)

16) Learning Games for Preschool to Kindergarten

17) ** Curious George at the Zoo for iPad (now only one area free, the rest in-app)

18) Rover (flash-enabled web browser for kids)

19) Disney's Jake's Never Land Pirate School

20) Scholastic's Sushi Monster (addition and multiplication)

21) I Can Write 2 (make sentences about images)

22) PBS Kids Video (all their favorites, U.S. only)

23) ** Brain Quest (from the people that make those card thingees)


24) ** Thomas & Friends – Engine Activities

25) Collins Big Cat Story Creator books (eight apps!)

26) Miss Spider apps (Bedtime Story and Tea Party)



27) Toca Kitchen Monsters (all kids need Toca Boca)

28) ** Goodnight Safari (baby animals!)

29) Rocket Speller

30) ** Toontastic (we rated five stars)

31) ** Scribble Press (make an book!)


32) ** Puzzingo

33) Touch the Sound

34) WordWorld's PlaySquare

35) Lego Duplo Jams

36) Little Finder

37) Color Uncovered (please don't let your dog drive)

38) The Elephant's Bath

39) Songs for Kids 1 and 2

40) Bluster! (McGraw-Hill)

41) ** Math Vs. Zombies

42) ** Spy Mouse

43) Easy Bake Cupcakes

44) ** Let's Color (drawings come to life)

45) ** Alphabet Tracing

46) eggzoo

47) Chugginton – Be Safe

48) Rocket Math Free (free version of one of our Top Picks)

49) Green ABCs (previously cost $30)

50) Monster Physics Lite (five star app)

51) ** BrainPop Featured Movie (No. 1 on our Editor's Choice list)

52) Story Creator

53) Kids Learning – Photo Touch Learning Concepts

54) ABA Flash Cards & Games – Emotions

55) ABC Mouse Zoo Sets 1, 2 and 3

56) Buzzle

57) 6-in-1 Children's Games (lite version)

58) ** Sock Puppets

59) ** Monkey Drum (do you need more than a monkey with a drum?)

60) Sprout's Doodle Dots 

61) ** MeeGenius (six ebooks for free!)

62) Whole Foods' Awesome Eats

63) Colors that Luli Loves

64) Lego Duplo Zoo

65) Scooby-Doo Whos Are You? by Hallmark (Zoinks!)

66) Feel Electric (The Electric Company is back!)

67) ** Booksy (one of our Top Picks)

68) Hookitty-Tookitty-Tah

69) Tim and Tom

70) Kids Learning – My First Numbers Counting Game

71) Wood Puzzle Brain Challenge

72) Hannah Habeebee McHats

73) Jeff the Mis-Fish

74) Make A Scene – Farmyard

75) Jack and the Beanstalk (modern version of the classic tale)

76) A Not-So Fading Light

77) ABC Mouse Grand Canyon

78) Sprout's Good Night Star (nighttime routine, brusha! brusha! brusha!)

79) Stewie The Duck Learns To Swim

80) Chipper's Rainy Day Adventure

81) ** BrainPop Jr. Movie of the Week

82) ** Motion Math – Hungry Fish

83) Little Stars – Word Wizard

84) Adventures of the 7Wonderlicious Girls (girls doing their best, helping others, being brave, learning and feeling good about themselves)

85) Fisher Price's Laugh & Learn Animal Sounds

86) The Land of Me – Story Time

87) JibJab Jr. Books

88) Fisher Price's Lets Count Animals

89) Bean Bag Kids present Little Red Riding Hood

90) Astrid & Siri

91) The Lorax Truffula Shuffle (U.S. only for some reason)

92) Squiggles (bring scribbles to life, one of our Top Picks)

93) Kraft Macaroni & Cheese – Dinner, Not Art

94) The Icky Mr. Fox/Mr Fox and Mr. Rabbit

95) Hallmark's Christmas All the Way

96) Spot the Jungle Animal

97) Little Bird's Internet Security Adventure

98) PaddleDuck Color and Story App

99)  i Luv Drawing Santa

100) Mini Mining


We've done our best to only include apps that are permanently free, but sometimes developers do change their minds, so please leave a comment if you find an app that's no longer free.

(** indicates that the app contains in-app purchases/is very closely tied to a purchase or has ads)





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