Dora's Cooking Club

Game review by
Christopher Healy, Common Sense Media
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Fantastic, fun math game baked into a cooking sim.

Parents say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 2+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

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

Educational Value

Kids can learn arithmetic basics, such as numbers and patterns, as well as a few more advanced concepts, such as fractions. Players assist Dora and her family in putting together a series of recipes -- a plot that accentuates cooperation, respect, and helpfulness. Every cooking step involves a game intended to challenge young children mathematically. All directions are spoken aloud, so reading isn't required -- but good listening is. Dora’s Cooking Club nicely blends math lessons into colorful cooking games.

Positive Messages

The many positive messages of the game include overt ones about learning math skills and about math being fun, but also more subtle ones about being a great helper for your parents and teachers.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Dora eagerly assists her parents, grandmother, and teacher in putting together a variety of meals for a big feast. She does chores happily, excited by the chance to help.

Ease of Play

The game controls are all super simple, very easy for preschoolers to handle without parental assistance. And all instructions are spoken aloud -- no reading required.

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Consumerism

The game is a tie-in to the Dora the Explorer TV show -- and all its many licensed products.

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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byGranny reader March 26, 2012

Granny reader on Dora

OH MY! I absolutley LOVE this game! I gave it to my 4 year old grandson (he is adopted) and is african american. He loves this game, and so do I. It shows great... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old July 6, 2013

Nothing But Juvenile Junk

I watched Dors The Explorer as a young kid, so I should know that this is for babies.

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?

Game details

For kids who love learning games

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