What parents need to know
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.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- thinking critically
- academic development
Engagement, Approach, Support
Every part of play incorporates the kitchen theme, including the reward activities such as decorating a cake and washing dishes. Grandma's encouragement -- and dance -- are delightful.
Through quiz-like questions, kids develop vocabulary, practice math and phonics skills, and hone observation skills. There's minimal instruction, though, so concepts need to be taught outside the app. Kids can guess until they get the right answer.
Parents can customize which games are included. Short films about cooking and fact cards featured on the home page extend the kitchen theme.
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.
Families can talk 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.