WeCookit - recipes, cooking tips and food for kids

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Kid-focused recipe app needs a dash of quality control.

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Educational Value

Kids learn how to prepare healthy food from recipes that include fresh ingredients. Kids can browse and prepare the recipes (most likely with adult help on at least some steps, which are marked with an "adult needed" warning). More learning potential could be added with even more detailed information about the ingredients essential for good recipe creations. Kids who want to post their own recipes may need more guidance to ensure good presentation to other users. Kids also can learn to provide feedback on recipes by rating them with the star rating system provided as well as with written feedback. WeCookit​ can help kids learn the basics of healthy food prep through example and experience.

Ease of Play

Fairly easy to use, although how to navigate in and out of certain areas isn't always obvious. The recipes are well-organized by category. The quality of the individual recipes uploaded by users varies: Some have more detailed supplies, grocery lists, photo images, and steps than others; some include very broad instructions and no photos, or some photos are of users themselves. Providing feedback on recipes is easy. Users can change between metric and U.S. units. During this review, the app crashed a few times.

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In-app purchases for certain recipe collections ("Party Time" is $1.99). 

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What parents need to know

WeCookit - recipes, cooking tips and food for kids is a cooking-ideas app with grocery and kitchen tool lists, step-by-step recipes, and photos. The app includes 15 categories based on main ingredient or type (for example, "fish," "desserts," and "pasta & noodles"), and many recipes are posted by the editors. Users also can post their own at-home-created recipes to add to the app's professional collection of healthy recipes. When a recipe step includes using a knife or stove, a "get a grownup" warning appears. Kids can rate and give written feedback on recipes. 

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What's it about?

View the categories of recipes (called "inventions") on WECOOKIT - RECIPES, COOKING TIPS AND FOOD FOR KIDS and select one by tapping on it, or choose a user-submitted recipe by tapping on one below the categories. Otherwise, tap on the kid-protected area "Share your own invention" to upload your own recipe. Follow the prompts to progress. WeCookit has some great ingredients for successful cooking; more quality control and safety features related to user-submitted recipes could be added to the mix.

Is it any good?

The recipes posted by WeCookit's editorial team include natural ingredients, beautiful photos, and step-by-step details. Unfortunately, some of the user-posted recipes aren't as organized or detailed. Some of the photos are unrelated to the recipe or are of the person who posted the recipe. Even though kid chefs are supposed to have parent permission (and, hopefully, assistance) to create and post their recipes, it would be useful if the app's design and content included more built-in guidance on how to craft recipes -- incorporating ingredient lists, preparation instructions, and photos -- in a more organized way. Also, once a kid or a parent solves the math problem to enter the recipe-sharing area, it's possible to share and post full names or photos, and there's no warning to use a username or otherwise non-personally identifiable name. WeCookit has the potential to be a fantastic, kid-friendly recipe-sharing app, given some adjustments to guidance, safety, and moderation of user-generated content.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Browse the recipes together by category and choose one or two to try in your kid's favorite categories.

  • Discuss age-appropriate kitchen safety with your kid, and show which tools and utensils your kid is allowed to use.

  • Before your kid posts a recipe to WeCookit​, talk about the different elements included in the recipes that make them easy to follow and enjoyable to view. Try to replicate those elements as closely as possible to maximize the possibility of success for those who may be trying your shared recipes.

App details

  • Device: iPad
  • Subjects: Hobbies: cooking
  • Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, decision-making, part-whole relationships
    Creativity: making new creations, producing new content
    Communication: conveying messages effectively
    Health & Fitness: balanced diet
  • Price: Free ($1.99 in-app purchase)
  • Release date: February 20, 2014
  • Category: Lifestyle
  • Size: 20.60 MB
  • Publisher: Mango Tree
  • Version: 1.0.1
  • Minimum software requirements: iOS 7.0 or later

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