A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn how to cook everything from a fruit salad for breakfast to biscotti for dessert via Spatulatta's video tutorials and written recipes. By following directions, kids can learn to cook safely. Kids can also practice setting an objective, such as making dessert for friends, and completing it. Also, kids gain practice in measuring ingredients (which sneaks in a math lesson) and observing how the parts of a recipe coalesce to form a new creation. Kids can also gain insight into where food comes from and how it's made. There are lots of tasty lessons to be learned on this website.
Food preparation, cooking, and crafting in the kitchen can be a fun way to make art -- and to make a meal for yourself or your family. With a few safety rules and a little help from parents, kids can cook.
Products & Purchases
There are a few ads for cooking-related stuff, including a kids' culinary camp. There's also a Spatulatta shop where you can purchase the Spatulatta cookbook, clothing, cookie cutters, supplies, and gifts. Unfortunately, some ads are not well marked as ads and blend in with content.
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.
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.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.