What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Spatulatta is a cooking website for kids that has more than 350 video recipes for kids to watch and try. There's also food-related craft ideas, basic cooking tips, and safety information. One of the site's best features is The Recipe Box, a search tool that kids can use to look for recipes by meal, holiday, ingredient, cuisine, or vegan/vegetarian. Unfortunately, areas of the site designated for parents (Parents Page or Dads Corner) aren't well-developed, with just a couple of stock articles. Still, if your kid is looking for a kid-friendly recipe, a visit to this site is worthwhile.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
Thinking & Reasoning
- part-whole relationships
- making new creations
- set objectives
Health & Fitness
- balanced diet
Engagement, Approach, Support
This cooking website for kids offers fun projects, an extensive Recipe Box, and many fun videos. While the site no longer appears to be updated, it can still inspire kids who like to cook.
Kids can learn from fun video tutorials featuring kids as chefs, by reading recipes, and using them to make culinary creations. The Recipe Box is adaptable, with the ability to search by ingredient and vegetarian options.
Video tutorials help kids learn how to cook many recipes. However, the areas of the site designated for adults aren't well-developed, and the site needs some updated content and better use of social media.
What's it about?
Kids will most likely first go to Spatulatta to find a good recipe and then watch the corresponding video for instruction. Once there, they'll also see the Artist in the Kitchen section, where they can find fun decorating or craft projects, like how to make aquarium placemats or turkey cupcakes. They can learn basic skills and watch videos about other food-related topics, too. Or kids can go to the site's store to buy cooking gear. For kids who like to cook, this site will inspire and help make cooking tastier, safer, and more enjoyable.
Is it any good?
There's a lot of good video content on SPATULATTA, which is probably why it won a James Beard Award for Best Webcast in 2006 and why it was featured on PBS' Biz Kids a few years later. However, the kids' cooking site no longer appears updated; the most recent blog entry at the time of this review was in June, 2011. The written recipes and recipe videos are clear, creative, and definitely kid-friendly (but some of the videos may look a bit dated to kids, even if they are only a few years old). The site encourages kids to be healthy, to cook, and to understand where food comes from and how it's made. If Spatulatta was more consistently maintained and updated to include new videos and more interaction, including a better use of social media, it could be the cream of the crop of kids' cooking resources online.
Families can talk about...
Families can talk about the media's role in promoting healthy eating habits. Can you think of other websites or TV shows that have similar messages to those you find here?
Do you think getting kids interested in cooking makes them less likely to eat fast food?