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The parents' guide to what's in this website.
What 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'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.
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