What parents need to know
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
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
- 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 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'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.