Spatulatta

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Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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Inspire kids' inner chef with this recipe site.

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Educational Value

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.

Positive Messages

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.

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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.

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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.

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Teen, 15 years old Written byMichaella M. September 8, 2013

amazing lets get cooking!

it's a nice fun website full of recipes also recipes for vegetarians/vegans handy to get cooking recipes for all occasions :)

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.

Talk to your kids 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?

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