Foodo Kitchen

Common Sense Media says

Monster-licious, creative decorating for young bakers.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

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).

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

A reader-friendly privacy policy explains that the app collects no data.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • counting
  • sequences

Hobbies

  • cooking

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • part-whole relationships

Creativity

  • making new creations

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The beautiful illustrations and surprise animations, funny monsters, and dozens of interactive baking and decorating options make Foodo Kitchen an engaging free-play app. 

Learning Approach

Foodo Kitchen encourages kids to learn through free play; there's no written text or detailed instructions that must be followed, so even very young kids can explore without getting frustrated or "stuck." Visual cues help kids know what to do next, and kids can reflect on the results of their creations over time in their own in-app gallery.

Support

The only instructions are basic visual cues, such as a flashing arrow to signal kids to tap to the next screen, although that may be all that's necessary on this straightforward play-to-learn creative app. Adding a visual tutorial and a parents-only section with learning-related extension ideas and conversation starters could improve support.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • counting
  • sequences

Hobbies

  • cooking

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • part-whole relationships

Creativity

  • making new creations

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

Tap Play to enter the bakery and see a monster, whose order appears in a little bubble; for example, it may want a donut with blue frosting. Tap an arrow to move to the kitchen, where a drawer with flour, milk, and eggs opens. Swipe an egg onto the table and tap-tap to crack it. Use other ingredients in the same way. Swipe the rolling pin to mix. Tap the donut shape to form, and then bake and decorate it with color and fun items. Then feed the hungry monster! And view your creations in the gallery. ​FOODO KITCHEN helps little bakers make easy monster treats.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the monster's facial expressions and reactions to the treats. How is it feeling about what you made for it?

  • Encourage your kid to think of creative monster-like names for their bakery creations, which can include spiders, fish bones, and other monsters-only ingredients.  

  • Choose your kid's favorite treat that they've created in their in-app gallery and try to replicate it in your real-life kitchen together with ingredients that look like the monster specialties.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$1.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:May 24, 2014
Category:Education
Size:522.00 MB
Publisher:Tutu Lab
Version:1.6
Minimum software requirements:iOS 7.0 or later

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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