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Toca Kitchen Sushi

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Slice, dice, roll, and plate with free-play cooking game.

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn about how much fun it is to take charge in the kitchen as they choose ingredients and decide how to cook them. They also can work on their observation and data-collection skills to track customers' reactions to each finished product. Kids may be inspired to explore with food and cooking in the real kitchen. This activity could also be a great conversation starter for parents and kids to talk about their favorite foods, food combinations, and nutrition.

Ease of Play

Play requires a bit of exploration at first. It can be difficult to twist and place food items how you want them.

Violence & Scariness

Some blood and guts upon cutting up fish.

Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

A small icon on the homepage advertises other apps from the same developer. A parent gate protects against purchase.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Toca Kitchen Sushi puts kids behind the counter creating and plating mostly sushi-themed food to serve to restaurant customers. Just like the other Toca Kitchen apps, play is open-ended and lets kids experiment with a variety of food, preparation, plating, and decoration options. Most of what comes out will be sushi, but kids can also make non-sushi food. The sequence of taps, drags, and screen changes can be a bit complicated, especially for young kids. Parents may want to help kids through at first before letting them explore on their own. Once kids get going, though, there's no stopping them: Play is unlimited and never-ending. Some fish are relatively realistic looking, and sensitive kids may feel squeamish about slicing them up with a knife. Parents can turn off music, parents' section, ad icon, and activate a vegan option through their device's settings menu. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on how your (or your kids') information is collected, used, and shared and any choices you may have in the matter, and note that privacy policies and terms of service frequently change.

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What's it about?

Greet your customer and choose ingredients as soon as you enter the TOCA KITCHEN SUSHI restaurant. Then prepare the ingredients by chopping them up, sautéing them, put them in the silly shape machine, or roll them up with rice and a sheet of seaweed. Plating is the last step: place and rotate the food on a plate and add decorations. Shake sauces and seasoning powders on at any time. Finally, watch the customers' reactions as they enjoy (or suffer through) your creation.

Is it any good?

Kids can stretch their cooking creativity without the dangers of knives and fire in this virtual kitchen. It's good fun to work with all kinds of ingredients to chop them, pan fry them, or squeeze them into silly shapes. Kids' artistic side comes out when they work on plating their food, rotating and decorating, and placing it just so. With the open-ended structure, kids can be as precise as they want to be. Choose some random ingredients to put together and throw on a plate, or methodically plan a meal and make it look as impressive as you can. The only feedback kids get comes from the customers, who sometimes make disgusted faces, have smoke coming out of their ears, or smile and say "yum." And since the options are a bit more complex than some other Toca Boca apps, a little more guidance might be helpful. Although kids miss out on the oh-so-important sensory information that comes with real cooking, Toca Kitchen Sushi is a fun way to experiment with food and get creative.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the creations kids make with Toca Kitchen Sushi. Would they like to try fish, onions, and strawberries wrapped in rice and seaweed? Why, or why not? How does cooking food or adding seasonings change the flavor?

  • Get kids cooking and exploring in the real kitchen. There are plenty of safe ways for kids to help out: They can mix, pour, and cut soft foods with kid-safe knives. Besides, food kids make themselves tastes better!

  • 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.

  • Encourage them to try new foods or foods from different cuisines. You never know when they'll discover a new favorite!

App details

For kids who love cooking and creative apps

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