Learn the Business of Selling Toys
Grandpa's Toy Shop is an easy simulation game about running a toy business. In the game, kids design, market, and then sell toys they have made. By being a part of the process, kids start to understand what goes into the making and selling of toys.
How to Play
Grandpa's Toy Shop turns the tasks of operating a toy store into fun mini-games. The process starts with Grandpa asking for the player's help in designing two toys. Next, the player creates a marketing banner for the toys, by moving letters onto a sign. Then Grandpa asks for the player's help in putting tags on the new toys, using a predetermined price list. When a customer arrives, the player pulls down the requested toys from the shelf and then adds up the prices of the chosen toys. At closing time, sweeping up the store turns into a fun puzzle of moving a broom through a maze-like game.
At the end of a day's operation, Grandpa rewards the player's hard work by showing one of eight videos about the making and selling of toys.
Fun at the Holidays and Beyond
Grandpa's Toy Shop is a fun app to explore at Christmas, Hanukkah, birthdays, or any other holiday in which toys are a part of the celebration. Using kids' natural love of toys, this app draws children into the process of making toys for retail.
The app has 10 toys to design. Some need coloring; others need bedazzling with jewels and stickers; and a few let kids design the look of a robot, doll, or alien by selecting its parts. This is a fun way to encourage kids to be creative.
By showing children the business behind the toys they love, the app helps kids start to understand the world of commerce. The use of videos, showing real world sales and production techniques, is informative. The app also brings in math (adding up to 20) and spelling skills to run this business. And the clean-the-store's-floor game uses logic and reasoning as kids figure out the most efficient way to use the broom.
We also like how the customers who visit the store represent racial diversity. Players feel good helping other kids find just the right toy.
With only 10 toys, Grandpa's Toy Shop eventually gets repetitive; however, during its novelty period, it's a charming business simulation well worth playing.
This simulation game puts players in charge of a toy design business. Because kids are helping in the designing, marketing, and selling of the toys, their learning feels personal. Grandpa's Toy Shop
will appeal to any child in the targeted age category of 6-9 years.
If your kids like this type of gameplay, check out the other apps found on our rec list called Best Simulation Games for Kids
This kids app review of Grandpa's Toy Shop was written by Jinny Gudmundsen.
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