One of my daughter’s favorite things is to help me in the kitchen. I can’t move a muscle in there without her asking to help. So when my husband and I were wandering around Best Buy a bit ago I saw the Dora’s Cooking Club DS Game, and I immediately thought Maddie would adore it! I was very excited for the chance to review it.
This game is seriously great. It has so much education packed into a super fun package. As I was watching my daughter play the game, I would think to myself “oh I wish it had this” and then later in the game sure enough, there it was! Earlier in the game I thought I wish it would do fractions, and then there they were! Fractions!
There are several “recipes” you can make, from Pizza to Salad. Each recipe has different things to learn. You “chop” the vegetables, count, recognize numbers and patterns, measure ingredients to put in the bowl (where they learn about fractions), addition, and then some.
There are also fun parts where you put the sauce on the pizza (scribble all over the pizza to spread the sauce). You also toss the pizza dough up in the air.
In addition to the math and the fun parts, there is also (of course) spanish language skills. They will say “triangle” and you are supposed to move the triangle piece into the bowl. When you pick up the triangle it will say the spanish word for triangle. This is definitely, in my opinion, the most fun game while still being HIGHLY educational.
Here’s Maddie’s views on the subject….
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Sarah Kimmel is a digital parenting coach and family tech expert. She has spent the last 16 years of her career as a Microsoft Certified IT Manager supporting over 100 small businesses. During that time she started Family Tech LLC to help families understand and manage the technology in their home. She has regularly appeared as a family tech expert on KSL News, BYUtv and Studio 5, and has been invited all over the world from tech companies like Lenovo, Verizon, Microsoft, Dell, and Samsung. Find out more on her website SarahKimmel.com