Toca Kitchen Monsters

App review by
Liz Panarelli, Common Sense Media
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Silly spin-off is more fun for Toca veterans than newbies.

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age 2+
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Educational Value

Kids can learn about food preparation and cooking and about differences in what types of food people (and monsters!) prefer to eat. By selecting which foods to prepare and how to prepare the foods, kids are empowered to explore the kitchen, heating and chopping with abandon. Like most Toca toys, Monsters encourages play over achievement. Toca Kitchen Monsters is a simple but silly kitchen toy that helps young kids learn basic kitchen concepts -- while getting to play with their food!

Ease of Play

A brief tutorial in the For Parents section explains gameplay. Instructions for kids come occasionally as visual and audio cues, such as following the direction of the monsters' eyes, or observing differences in their reactions to different foods. Mostly, kids learn to play by trial and error. With only two monsters and eight food choices, the game is fairly simple. 

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The main screen has a small icon that links to free and paid apps from the developer. This icon can be removed in the device's settings.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Toca Kitchen Monsters is a free, lite version of Toca Kitchen, a digital cooking toy. Two monsters enjoy eight foods prepared in various ways, including a wacky, imaginative vegetable that reveals stripes or spots depending on how you heat it. What the monsters lack in table manners and cleanliness they make up for with silly and satisfying noises. Kids unfamiliar with Toca Kitchen may need help from parents to understand gameplay. 

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Parent of an infant and 2 year old Written byCupcake Mom August 15, 2016

Kitchen Monsters

As with all the other Toca Boca games, you must have the motor skills that most 3 year olds have to play this. My little girl is 2. So she watches me play this... Continue reading

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What's it about?

Kids first select one of two silly monsters, then open the fridge to select one of eight food items. Vegetarian-conscious parents can adjust the settings to remove any meat. Kids can then try to feed the character the food raw, or prepare it with a knife, food processor, pot of water, frying pan, or microwave. As can be seen in this trailer, the food changes in response to the preparation; for example, being sliced, ground up, or browned. Characters either munch on the food and smile, stick out their tongues in disgust, or reject the food altogether. Occasionally a thought bubble appears to suggest how to prepare the food to a character's liking.

Is it any good?

Toca Kitchen Monsters is clearly just a fun and silly spin-off of Toca Kitchen, and its monsters are surprisingly endearing. As a bonus to Toca Kitchen, Monsters is fairly satisfying, since the messy kitchen and new vegetable will stand out to kids as different. Kids new to the series may be left wanting more, though -- as in, they'll want you to buy the regular app. Still, it's a good (free!) way to see how your kid responds to a digital toy with few instructions, versus a game with clear objectives and rules.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • With your child, cook a few foods (such as eggs) that change their appearance depending on how you cook them -- just like the monster vegetable!

  • Change the settings to vegetarian and ask your child what has changed.

  • Check the For Parents section for more ways to stimulate your child's thought process during play.

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