A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
- Parents say
- Kids say
What's it about?
In Toca Kitchen, kids get to pretend they are chefs feeding four different food tasters -- a boy, a girl, a cat, and a bull. As kids choose what foods to cook and how, they can figure out what each of these four food tasters like and dislike. For example, the cat loves raw meat, but no one else will eat it raw. Kids can get creative with their food creations by mixing and matching the food and cooking technique. Who's ready for some blended fish with microwaved lemon?
Is it any good?
Little kids who just want to play and explore without worrying about rules to follow will adore this app. The characters look a little odd at first, an impression not helped by their monosyllabic grunts and gasps in response to the food, but after a few "yums!" they quickly grow on you. It's fun to figure out which foods the characters like, and it's really neat to watch the food brown and steam while it cooks. We might be a tad happier if the kids would use their forks to eat their food, and perhaps say "no thank you" rather than dropping rejected food off their plate! Still this is a great app for cultivating early exposure to cooking. Bon appetit!
Talk to your kids about ...
Involve your kids in meal preparation. There are plenty of simple cooking tasks that are safe for little ones such as measuring ingredients or washing produce.
Let your kids have a say in meal planning. Ask them to talk about their likes and dislikes and have them help you shop for groceries.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Fire phone, Kindle Fire
- Subjects: Hobbies: cooking
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: analyzing evidence
- Price: $1.99
- Release date: December 15, 2011
- Category: Educational Games
- Size: 17.70 MB
- Publisher: Toca Boca
- Version: 1.0.1
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.2 or later
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