Kids are notoriously fussy eaters, but in Toca Kitchen the tables have been turned. It’s now their job to pull an appetising dish out of a stock cupboard that includes a smelly fish, a pear and a stack of hay – luckily, we don’t have to taste the results.
The idea here is to get young kids inspired by food and fundamental cookery concepts, using little more than the app’s brightly coloured and very charming design. Aimed at the younger end of the children’s app market, Toca Kitchen asks you to drag and drop ingredients into a selection of kitchen appliances where you can dice, mince, microwave, boil and fry to your hearts content.
While the results are being plated, the facial expressions of the game’s four characters are a particular delight, letting you know exactly how it feels to be served up a raw, unseasoned potato. From there, you may get pointed in the right direction by thought bubbles which appear on-screen, but the advice is kept minimal allowing kids to explore what works best and learn their away around the kitchen.
And that’s pretty much all there is to Toca Kitchen, an app which puts the emphasis squarely on discovery with no sign of a gaming element or additional challenges. While an extra dimension might have been a welcome addition for slightly older players, there’s a simple pleasure to the interactions here that young kids should really enjoy.
THE BOTTOM LINE
Let your kids loose in the kitchen with this bright and cheerful educational app from Toca Boca, allowing them to explore food preparation in a way that’s safe and welcoming.