Grandma's Kitchen

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Kids practice literacy, math skills with fun kitchen theme.

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Educational value

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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What 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.

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What's it about?

Grandma's yummy desserts beckon kids to play. Kids then answer a variety of literacy and math questions interspersed with short video clips about cooking and food prep, decorating cakes, and finding the healthy foods in the fridge. If kids don't answer a question immediately, Grandma offers a brief explanation. There's no penalty for wrong answers -- they simply disappear to narrow the options. Parents can customize in the settings which types of questions are asked, but the app doesn't keep a record of skills covered or performance.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the names of items and measurements as you work together in the kitchen. Show kids how to safely use kitchen tools and let them help prepare a snack or bake cookies.

  • Enlist kids' help in kitchen organization and let them practice what they've learned. They could organize spices in alphabetical order or sort the utensil drawer.

App details

For kids who love cooking

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