A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
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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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.
- Devices: iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
- Subjects: Hobbies: cooking
- Skills: Responsibility & Ethics: embracing differences
Thinking & Reasoning: applying information
Communication: multiple forms of expression
Creativity: making new creations
- Price: Free
- Pricing structure: Free
- Release date: April 5, 2012
- Category: Education
- Topics: Cooking and Baking, Monsters, Ghosts, and Vampires
- Size: 23.20 MB
- Publisher: Toca Boca
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 4.2 or later
- Last updated: November 11, 2020
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