Friday, March 15, 2019

Children’s iPad App, Toca Kitchen

Reviewed by Susan Stephenson,

Toca Kitchen is an iPad and Android app by developer, Toca Boca. I have previously reviewed Toca Life: City, Toca Life: Town, Toca Life: Farm, Toca Life: Stable and Toca Band by the same developer.

From the developer:

- 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 anything you like!
- Professional and fun kids app design!
- No rules or stress!
- Kid-friendly interface
- No in-app purchases
- No third party advertising

Toca Kitchen is not a game - it's a toy where you and your kids get to explore cooking. What happens if you mix a carrot and then fry it? Will the cat like it? And what is the bull's favorite food? Toca Kitchen supports free play for all ages and is a great way to use your imagination.

As with all Toca Boca apps, there are no high scores, time limits or stressful music. Rest assured this app for kids let’s kids play however they want!

What I liked:

Like many other Toca Boca apps, Toca Kitchen is a digital toy. It is not linear. Kids should be encouraged to play how they wish. Ideally, adults will get to play too, just like they do in real life games. This gives parents and caregivers opportunities to ask questions that elicit a response, or nudge kids to think about something. I liked that the music is “easy-listening” in the background. Everything works well. And even though kids can make as weird a digital culinary mess as they want, there is no real clean up afterwards!

Basically the game revolves around four characters in the kitchen - a boy, a girl, a cat and a bull, all sitting at the table ready to eat. Each character has access to “food” items in a fridge and ways to prepare them. Some characters will relish eating certain things raw. Some won’t, and it’s fun to see their reactions. The idea is for kids to experiment and role play, just the way they would when making mud pies in the backyard.

While the blurb says no third party ads, there is an ad for other Toca games. I don't see the need to advertise within an app aimed at quite young kids, because surely parents can look online, or the ad could be behind a code. I also found the “action” quite limited compared to other Toca Boca apps.

Watch the trailer for more of an idea.

Where to get it?

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