MyPlay Chef Lite

Common Sense Media says

Free cooking app with some fun interactive moments.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

How to handle each ingredient and topping is not always intuitive, and it's a bit different in the iPhone and iPad versions. Tapping the question mark icon provides the answer.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

Banner ads and "click-on" offers grace the top of each page.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this is a cooking app for kids that comes in paid and free versions for the iPhone, iPad, and Android devices. This review is of MyPlay Chef Lite, the free version. The paid version removes the banner ads only and has some bugginess not found in the free version. While kids of any age can tap away and try to make the four dishes, sometimes hints are needed (tap the question mark) or some light reading is required to know how to proceed.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Hobbies

  • cooking

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

MyPlay Chef will draw kids in with favorite foods to cook and a few fun interactive features such as stirring batter and decorating cupcakes.

Learning Approach

Kids learn by going step by step, but there are only four dishes to make and much could have been added that wasn't: measurements, cooking times, temperatures, and large-print ingredient names and equipment.

Support

Kids can view all of their creations on one page -- until they decide to "eat" them, which erases them.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Hobbies

  • cooking

Kids can learn to follow steps to create four foods. They add ingredients and do a few interactive extras: stir batter by twirling a finger, tilt the screen to flip a pancake, tap blueberries on top in fun patterns, and more. While MyPlay Chef misses a chance to teach measurements, food and equipment words, and more, it's still a fun interactive experience that will foster interest in kitchen activities.

This Learning Rating review was written by Carrie R. Wheadon

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What's it about?

Choose a chef, give him or her a name, and click the "Get Cookin'" button. Kids can make four dishes: pancakes, a sandwich, pasta, and a garishly decorated cupcake. Add the ingredients one at a time and do a few interactive extras: stir batter by twirling your finger, tilt the screen to flip a pancake, tap blueberries on top in fun patterns, and then either save your creation or tap to "eat." Chomp chomp.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

With just four dishes, MYPLAY CHEF LITE is not a particularly filling app. But nabbing the free version for a long wait at the post office isn't a bad idea. Sitting with kids and talking them through the steps may make the experience a bit more educational. The app developers could have helped you along by labeling all the ingredients and kitchen equipment and the steps in big letters and including talk of measurements, cooking times, and temperatures. For the cupcakes it looks like you add two cups of baking powder -- yikes.

Still, there are some fun interactive moments that keep kids engaged: stirring batter, flipping a pancake, and tapping oodles of meatballs on top of spaghetti.

Families can talk about...

  • Get cooking for real with kids. Model how to measure and talk about what a recipe looks like, what ingredients are wet and dry, and more.

  • Watch a pro kitchen in action (on TV, on the Internet, or at a real-life restaurant), pointing out what all the big chefs are up to.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:April 25, 2012
Category:Educational Games
Size:8.50 MB
Publisher:College Fitness
Version:1.5.44
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.1 or later

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • NOT FOR KIDS: Not appropriate for kids of any age.

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  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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