Shiny Bakery




Adorable baking game mixes math, creativity, and sharing.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Drag-and-drop controls are intuitive and easy for preschoolers to maneuver. No verbal or written instructions are necessary since objects move or shake to prompt kids to move them.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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A link to other apps is hidden behind the parent-only screen.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Shiny Bakery combines early math skills with creative fun in a kid friendly activity. The parent section is rich with additional resources and information about the importance of messy, creative play for preschoolers as well as ideas for ways to interact with your kid while playing Shiny Bakery.

What kids can learn



  • counting
  • fractions


Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships


  • imagination
  • making new creations

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Engagement, Approach, Support


From funny character expressions and reactions to the fun of cracking eggs and decorating cookies, every detail of Shiny Bakery's design is engaging for kids. 

Learning Approach

Learning aspects are seamlessly baked in and transfer to real-world counting and dividing (though the recipes aren't necessarily real-world). Kids can try and fail and try again with no penalty.


No verbal instructions or clues are given, but objects shake or wiggle to prompt kids. Be sure to check out the parent section for information on what kids are learning and how you can help.

What kids can learn



  • counting
  • fractions


Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships


  • imagination
  • making new creations

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Kids can learn about counting and estimating as they add ingredients into the recipes. They'll develop an awareness of fractions when they divide the treats up among the customers, and they'll develop fine motor skills as they crack eggs, stir the ingredients, and decorate the cookies. Kids will use their imaginations decorating the cakes and cookies. They'll even learn a bit about waiting for their turn and sharing by observing the customers' funny faces as they wait to be given a treat. Shiny Bakery is a well-rounded, and really fun, learning experience for preschoolers.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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What's it about?

In SHINY BAKERY, kids bake cakes or cookies from a step-by-step recipe. They have to count out the right number of each ingredient and add ingredients to the mixing bowl. They'll crack the eggs, sift the flour, and mix it all together. If they make a mistake, like adding too many eggs, they'll get a splattered mess that they'll have to wipe clean before trying again. Then they can add in some silly additions to their recipe -- fruit, veggies, even fish and shoes -- before baking it and decorating it with their choice of colored icing, sprinkles, and other decorations. Finally, a little fun with fractions and sharing wraps it up when kids divide the goodies for the customers to share equally.

Is it any good?


There is much to love about Shiny Bakery -- for both kids and parents. Kids can express their creativity decorating the cakes and cookies and have fun interacting with the expressive customers while practicing counting, matching, and fractions. The additional information in the parent section is the icing on the cake, showing how well thought out the whole Shiny Bakery experience is for kids and offering ideas to talk to kids about and things to look for when playing together. Decorating is open-ended creative play with no instructions, so kids may not notice without some trial and error that the bottom tool, the spatula, serves as an eraser tool to undo any decorating mistakes. Shiny Bakery is likely to be a preschooler favorite.

Families can talk about...

  • Bake and decorate (and eat, of course!) a cake or cookies with your kid. Talk about how the recipe you use differs from the recipes in the app.

  • Point out the faces of the customers as they wait to be fed their treat. Talk about how they might be feeling and why.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:December 31, 2013
Size:97.80 MB
Publisher:Shiny Things
Minimum software requirements:iOS 7.0 or later

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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; OK 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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Parent of an infant, 2, and 4 year old Written bybetsyab June 29, 2014

It's okay, but there can be better choices

It isn't anything special, but the popping up zebra is always amusing. Kids who love to help bake will enjoy this though, as they get to add the ingredients and stir.


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