LeapFrog Explorer Learning Game: Cooking Recipes on the Road

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Christy Matte, Common Sense Media
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Kids cook up fun foods and plenty of math skills.

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Educational Value

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.

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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.

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What 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.  

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What's it about?

Kids start working in the virtual kitchen of a food truck in LEAPFROG EXPLORER LEARNING GAME: COOKING RECIPES ON THE ROAD. If they do well, they earn more tips from customers and can use them to buy new trucks, new decor, or recipes. Each recipe requires kids to find ingredients from their shelves and prep them by slicing, chopping, spreading, and weighing. If the recipe uses the griddle or a pot, they do tasks when the thermometer reaches the appropriate temperature. Sometimes the food requires assembly.

Skills start out simply; for example, you add ingredients when the pot starts getting hot. Over time, things get more challenging; you might add them at a specific temperature. Each of the tasks levels up as kids show success in that area. Every so often, the building inspector arrives, and kids need to clean their kitchens by recycling, putting objects away, placing dirty dishes in the sink, and wiping up spills. Eventually, these sections are timed. Characters make reference to good kitchen habits such as knife safety, hand washing, and being careful around the hot stove.

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.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Have you played any other cooking games? Would you like to?

  • Talk about kitchen tools such as measuring cups and thermometers. 

  • Cook as a family, giving kids plenty of opportunity to measure ingredients. Show your kids how fractions work with pizza slices, loaves of bread, and sliced vegetables.

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