Crafting Mama

 
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Learning(i)

Create quirky projects in fun time-management sim.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The game fosters an appreciation for handicrafts that might even inspire kids to try the craft in real life.

Positive role models

Mama goes a little crazy if players do poorly at something (comically bulging eyes and exaggerated facial expressions), but she's generally quite supportive.

Ease of play

The stylus is a stand-in for dozens of actions relating to crafting, from kneading clay to applying glue and folding paper. Players can practice a skill as many times as they like before trying the craft.

Violence & scariness

Players can accidentally jab their hands with needles, or poke clay too robustly causing it explode all over the screen.

Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The game is one of multiple spin-offs of the Cooking Mama franchise.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Crafting Mama is a spin-off of the Cooking Mama series that lets kids build 40 different craft projects -- from pinwheels to clay ocarinas, earrings, birdhouses and even mini Mama dolls. All these activities are performed by using the DS stylus. Like its predecessors, the game contains no controversial content. Up to four players can make items together using the Nintendo wireless connection.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Arts

  • painting
  • playing
  • sculpture

Hobbies

  • building
  • fashion

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • effort
  • working efficiently

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Crafting Mama's playful and fast-paced vibe makes even the most mundane of crafting tasks - such as cutting paper - enjoyable. The frenetically fun visual style adds to the appeal.

Learning Approach

The crafts are simplified approximations of the real thing, and kids would need to develop additional skills and knowledge to attempt the projects in real-life, but it's a great introduction to the fun of crafting.

Support

For the most part, kids are expected to figure out what to do on the fly based on context and simple instructional prompts. Kids can practice moves beforehand to master them.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions

Arts

  • painting
  • playing
  • sculpture

Hobbies

  • building
  • fashion

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations

Self-Direction

  • effort
  • working efficiently

Tech Skills

  • digital creation

Health & Fitness

  • fine motor skills

Kids can learn about different craft skills such as woodworking, pottery, sculpting, and sewing. They will follow simple directions, develop fine-motor skills, and work efficiently to complete crafts in the allotted time limits. As kids play, they unlock outfits, display their work in galleries, and play mini-games. Crafting Mama introduces kids to a wide range of craft projects and lets them make digital creations.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Bell

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What's it about?

Parents need to know that CRAFTING MAMA is a spin-off of the popular Cooking Mama series for Nintendo DS. Gameplay is similar to the other games in the series, but instead of preparing delectable dishes in the kitchen, players use the stylus to sew, glue, paint, fold, sculpt, and more, as they create fun and unique crafts. The key to this series is to figure out how to do the tasks in the quickest amount of time possible.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Fans of Cooking Mama (and Gardening Mama)'s task-based gameplay will be right at home with Crafting Mama, too. What really stands out in this game is the creativity of the projects and the fun and unique steps you must follow to finish them, whether it's constructing a squirt gun by brushing out the inside of a cut piece of bamboo, turning it upside down, and shaking out the dust -- all with the stylus -- or blowing into the Nintendo DS's built-in microphone to keep dust and leaves from settling on the glue you've just laid down. Unlockable bonus items (including pictures to hang on Mama's wall), multiplayer support, and a Mystery Craft mode with additional challenges, round out the package nicely.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the crafts they enjoy making in real life. Is there a craft in Crafting Mama that you know how to do in real life? If so, how accurate was Crafting Mama in its depiction of the craft?

  • If you were to learn a new type of crafting, what would it be?

  • Which of the crafts in the game do you think it would be the hardest to make in real life?

Game details

Platforms:Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
Price:$29.99
Available online?Not available online
Developer:Majesco
Release date:October 26, 2010
Genre:Time management
ESRB rating:E for Comic Mischief (Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi)

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I love this game. It was lots of fun! Oh yay i got the first review!
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