Frozen: Early Science - Cooking and Animal Care by Disney Imagicademy

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Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Fun Frozen-themed cooking and pet care; light on science.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about some general educational and science-related themes. They'll practice observation skills and problem solving as they diagnose what's ailing baby reindeer and find the best treatment. They'll also follow directions to make food according to a recipe, or they can get creative by making their own dish. As they discover the functions of some kitchen tools, they'll experiment with changes in state and learn how food and liquid behave when melted, baked, and frozen. Overall, Frozen: Early Science - Cooking and Animal Care by Disney Imagicademy lets kids experience a sense of responsibility and empowerment as they care for animals and prepare food for a queen.

Ease of Play

Actions not always intuitive at first. Once kids get the hang of navigating, interaction gets easier. 

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Two icons to download other Imagicademy apps. Characters, interactions, and content of all kinds promote the vast Disney brand.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that in Frozen: Early Science - Cooking and Animal Care by Disney Imagicademy, kids help run a new nature park in Arendelle. They interact with Anna and Kristoff to care for baby reindeer or with Olaf and Oaken to cook creative new dishes for Queen Elsa. Play is a mixture of following "rules" and open-ended exploration and experimentation. Though fans of the movie Frozen will particularly enjoy playing with their favorite characters, kids do not have to be familiar with the film to enjoy the app. This title joins others in the Imagicademy suite, where parents can sign up for an account to follow their kids' progress and browse Pinterest-like ideas for crafts, learning activities, and more to do on-screen and off. Though there are no in-app purchases, the price tag is steep.

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What's it about?

In FROZEN: EARLY SCIENCE - COOKING AND ANIMAL CARE BY DISNEY IMAGICADEMY, kids help Frozen characters run a new nature park in Arendelle. There are two games: animal care and cooking. Animal care involves feeding baby reindeer, giving them water, cleaning their messes, and diagnosing and treating 15 ailments (such as fleas or matted fur). Cooking involves Chef Oaken presenting a recipe with an ingredient and a cooking method; kids can follow it or do their own thing as they pick ingredients, then prepare and cook them. Queen Elsa judges the finished product; successful dishes unlock ingredients and cooking methods. Along the way kids earn pages for their personalized nature park guidebook.

Is it any good?

The graphics, animation, and sound effects here are superb, and interactions feel wonderfully realistic. Kids will feel as though they've been transported directly into Arendelle to work alongside Frozen's most popular characters. This makes the app especially appealing for fans who just can't get enough. Yet there's a bit more to this app than simply promoting the brand, and there's appeal for kids who haven't been bitten by the Frozen bug. Activities are fun and touch on some science-related themes such as liquids vs. solids. Overall, however, don't expect much science: The animal care and cooking games don't offer as much opportunity for science exploration as Elsa's ice powers might, but kids will have fun chopping vegetables and feeding baby reindeer. The cooking activity has more variety and interaction, more to explore, and more room for creative expression than the reindeer game. Though both games contain on-screen visual hints to help guide kids along, there are some actions that aren't totally intuitive. For example, when something is cooking, it's not immediately clear how to get food out of the pan (you can't -- you just tap the arrow to move on), and it might burn as a result. Overall, however, kids will love playing with their favorite characters and enjoy the empowerment of cooking and caring for things.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what makes Frozen so great. Why do your kids love the characters, and what can they learn from the story?

  • Play with your kids and emphasize the science. Discuss how kids can use observation skills to give the reindeer what they need and to see how food changes as it's cooked or frozen.

  • Browse through the Imagicademy parents' section for activity inspiration and information. 

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