A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn a little about sequencing as they practice taking an order, baking (cracking eggs, pouring milk, adding flour; mixing and rolling; baking in the oven; decorating; and decorating the package), and serving their product to the monster customer. If assisted by a parent, kids also can learn through having conversations about ingredients they're using (names and quantities), counting items as they decorate (sprinkles, bugs, bows), identifying the colors they include on their creation, and reflecting on the emotions monster customers express. Foodo Kitchen offers kids an outlet for creative, free-play fun.
Ease of Play
Very easy to play, although there's no verbal instructions and no formal tutorial. First-time players may need to experiment to find the hidden details, pull-down features, and in-app gallery of their creations, but, after a bit of exploring, they'll easily find everything they need to make dozens of baked goods and feed the monsters. The mini-memory game associated with the oven may be confusing to some kids (others may not even notice it's a game).
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Foodo Kitchen is a free-play baking and decorating app for preschoolers. Set in a whimsical monster-world bakery, kids become the bakers who take orders from hungry monsters seeking sweets. There's no written text and no audio commentary, only monster sounds and hand-drawn, animated visuals. In addition to selecting ingredients, baking, and decorating their baked goods with dozens of options, kids can tap throughout the app to find surprise animations, such as a bug jumping out of a cup or a heart receipt rising from the bakery cash register. They also can see every creation they've made in their own in-app galleries.
Is It Any Good?
Foodo Kitchen is a fun, easy way for preschoolers to pretend to be master bakers for monster bellies. There's no written text or audio instructions, only visual cues. Still, most very young kids -- even those new to apps -- will be able to play unassisted. The monster customers are cute in a hungrily demanding way, and their reactions to kids' baked goods range from oddly comical to encouraging. The mini-memory game associated with the oven may be confusing to some kids (others may not even notice it's a game), but it doesn't stop creative play if kids don't "get" it.
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