A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Dora's Cooking Club is a game that, on the surface, let kids participate in the preparation and cooking of virtual recipes, but which is really a math game in disguise. For the majority of the "cooking exercises," kids will be presented with challenges that involve numbers and counting. The app is incredibly well-designed for use by preschoolers and kindergartners.
What's it about?
Dora's Cooking Club lets kids join the young Nick Jr star as she assists the various adults in her life in preparing and cooking delicious dishes for a big village feast. In Cooking Mama style, kids have to chop veggies, stir soups, top pizzas, and so on. In between those more straightforward cooking tasks, there are others, all involving food, that test kids on their early math skills. They may be sorting cookies into numbered groups or measuring out different amounts of ingredients.
Is it any good?
If Dora's Cooking Club was simply a kitchen sim, it would still be a good one -- colorful and fun with great, easy controls for very young kids to handle with ease. But it's more than that -- it's also a math game. And that added value raises it from good game to great. The number challenges are woven right into the recipes, letting kids move from cooking to math seamlessly. It's a very appealing game that will draw kids in with its colorful, positive vibe (and licensed characters, of course), and will keep them interested and having fun as they practice their arithmetic.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about cooking together for real. How can spending time in the kitchen help bring a family together? Why is cooking a good skill to learn?
Families can also discuss the importance of math. Why do kids need to learn math? When and how do we use math in everyday life?
- Platforms: Nintendo DS, Nintendo DSi
- Subjects: Language & Reading: following directions
Math: counting, fractions, patterns
- Skills: Communication: listening
- Price: $29.99
- Available online? Not available online
- Developer: 2K Play
- Release date: October 27, 2010
- Genre: Preschool
- ESRB rating: E for (No Descriptors)
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