A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn a wide range of reading and numerical-literacy skills playing in Grandma's Kitchen. Grandma offers hints that serve as reminders if kids don't answer immediately, but the concepts covered need to be taught outside the app and then reviewed and practiced through play. Kids will complete patterns, recognize consonant blends, count by tens and add, practice telling time, create compound words, and recognize healthy foods. Grandma's Kitchen gives kids a fun, easygoing way to practice early literacy.
Ease of Play
Each activity moves seamlessly into the next, and the gestures work well. The content will be pretty challenging for preschoolers and is more appropriate for young elementary students.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Grandma's Kitchen is an educational quiz covering kindergarten skills such as alphabetical order, phonics blends, compound words, counting by tens, and basic addition. Grandma asks the questions as she works in the kitchen, offering fun brain breaks as rewards. She dances and lets kids lick the cookie dough off her spatula. She also occasionally asks kids to give her a kiss, and kids must tap her cheek to simulate this. Every activity ties in to the kitchen theme and incorporates learning.
Is It Any Good?
Grandmas have so much to teach us, and kitchens make a great learning lab, so GRANDMA'S KITCHEN just makes sense for an educational app. The content is well-aligned with kindergarten and first-grade curricula. Kids will probably find some activities a challenging stretch, which is good for learning. Grandma's encouragement is delightful, and kids will want to see her dance! The activities do become repetitive after a bit of play, so this isn't for everyday use. Still, kids will get a kick out of playing and sharpen literacy and math skills while learning about healthy eating.
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