Does your child like to play in the kitchen, pretending preparing meal? You may want to check out Toca Kitchen. It is from the same developer who made Toca Doctor. Toca Kitchen lets the kids explore food and cooking, without mess in your kitchen.
When kids start the app, they will see 4 hungry characters: a boy, a girl, a cat, and a bull. Kids can pick any one of the 4 characters to cook for. Then kids can open the refrigerator by sliding a finger on the screen to the left side of the character. They can choose a food item, then either put on the character’s plate to eat it raw, or prepare it with a knife, food processor, pot, frying pan, or microwave. Each character has a different food preference. One character may like to have the meat raw, the other like it cooked; one like little salt, the other like to have more salt; the bull loves the hay, other characters don’t;… Depends on the food and how the food is prepared, the character may like the food, refuse to eat the food, or spit out the food after a taste, … so the kids learn how to prepare for this character differently next time.
Toca Kitchen is a free play app, not a game. This means kids don’t earn scores, or a winning goal. Instead, kids get to explore different food items, different ways to prepare the food, and observe each character’s food preference.
• Four cute characters to cook for – each with their own favorite food!
• 12 different ingredients that can be prepared in 180 different ways!
• Slice, boil, fry, cook, microwave or mix any of the ingredients
• Optional vegetarian mode!
• Fantastic original artwork!
• No rules or stress – play any way your kids want to!
• Kid-friendly interface!
• No third-party advertising
• No in-app purchases
How parent can help:
Parents can play with your child, and find opportunities to ask questions like “why he doesn’t like the food?” “What do you have to do so he will eat the steak?” Parents can also talk about healthy food choices, food pyramid, food hygiene (keep the food in the refrigerator, keep the kitchen clean, …). This is an app encouraging parent-child interactions, another thing I like about it.
It is an interesting app to expose kids to food and cooking. The design is very intuitive. While playing, parents can talk with the kids about healthy food choices and food hygiene practices. It works on both iPhone/iPod and iPAD. It is $1.99 at App store.
There is a free version called “Toca Kitchen Monster”. Instead of 4 characters, you get 2 monsters. There are less food items to choose from. If you are still not sure about the app, try the free version first.
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Toca Kitchen ($1.99): Toca Kitchen Monster (Free):
For more open-ended play ideas for kids? Check out Open-ended Ocean Play.