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What 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.
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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.
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- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Math: counting, fractions
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: part-whole relationships
Creativity: imagination, making new creations
Health & Fitness: fine motor skills
- Price: $2.99
- Pricing structure: Paid
- Release date: December 31, 2013
- Category: Education
- Topics: Cooking and Baking
- Size: 97.80 MB
- Publisher: Shiny Things
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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