A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
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.
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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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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