Parents' Guide to

Meal Monsters

By Keri Wilmot, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

Cook up some family fun, but some concoctions may be a miss.

App iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad Free to try Education
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This app gets families cooking, but the available recipes -- many of which cost extra -- might not be a great fit for all families. For little kids who like a bit of a backstory, they may enjoy exploring more information about the three characters and taking their photos to create a personalized Monsie, but older kids will most likely be interested in just the recipes. The recipes are organized and systematic, with clear language, and are easy for kids to follow. However, the app is not an opportunity for kids to cook on their own: Parents will need to supervise kids who are measuring amounts of food, cutting with a knife, and using kitchen equipment. Families should measure the ingredients while retrieving the items from the pantry, because once they start cooking, it doesn't always verbally state the correct amount of food. However, while the included recipes are interactive and visually friendly for kids, not all of them appear to be healthy, and some may not truly excite all kids -- unless adding peas to scrambled eggs, mixing tuna and corn together, or dipping chicken nuggets in mayonnaise appeals to your family's palate? So, while it's virtually impossible to please all picky eaters and nutritional/cultural preferences, a wider variety of options might give this great idea wider appeal.

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