A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this game.
Kids can learn about math and cooking and how to grow a food truck business while playing LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Cooking Recipes on the Road. They use math smarts and virtual cooking skills to measure, chop, weigh, add, stir, subtract, and multiply their way to a food truck empire. Through owning their own food trucks, kids experience math as a blast when it comes to cooking.
Kids receive messages about kitchen safety and cleanliness as well as experience what it's like to run a business, keeping customers happy and budgeting for upgrades. A range of "recipes" serves customers, with some being more healthy than others.
Positive Role Models
The main character is polite to her customers and excited about her business. She keeps her kitchen clean and is safe with knives, the stove, and other kitchen items.
Ease of Play
There are very clear directions and prompts, and the controls are intuitive, but every once in a while the game isn't as responsive as players might like.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Cooking Recipes on the Road is a virtual cooking game that incorporates a lot of kitchen knowledge and safety as well as math. Customers request everything from peanut-butter-and-banana sandwiches to sushi, with a stop in the middle for a spaghetti sandwich. The game starts out very simply and ramps up to include more and more math, such as fractions, decimals, estimation, and temperature.
Is It Any Good?
This fun game is an excellent way to show kids the importance of math skills in everyday life as well as to encourage them to get more involved in their real-life kitchens. What better way to practice addition than have a customer add three ounces of lettuce to the salad that normally has six? True to LeapFrog form, there's a wide skill range available here. For example, younger players will be asked to figure out which measuring cup is the most full. The natural integration of math is what brings magic to this game.
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