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3 Games To Help Children Learn Cooking And Food Preparation

Kids love their screentime—that’s a fact that we have seen since the advent of smartphones and tablets. These gadgets have helped parents pacify restless and active children, so they could focus on their work or household chores. Gadgets keep them entertained for hours on end in the corner of a room.

Parents must ensure though that the content their children consume or the games they play contribute to their development, be those involve the mind or motor skills.

Good thing, there are websites like https://www.culinaryschools.org/ offering educational yet fun games that surely do the trick. You can actually check their education game directly via this link https://www.culinaryschools.org/kids-games/

I have small nieces and nephews who definitely love games. So when I found out about this website that offers a collection of over 150 online games to help familiarize children with food, farming, cooking, the culinary arts, the restaurant business and hospitality-related careers, I immediately let them try playing. Below are the three that stood out for them.

Bunnicula’s Kaotic Kitchen

Wouldn’t it be nice if kids learned how to cook at an early age? Oops, don’t worry, there’s no real hot stove involved here. It’s all onscreen! The game’s goal is simple: follow the recipes found in the fridge. The ingredients are simple (and colorful), so children below five can definitely enjoy it, too. Plus, it helps practice their counting skills! We just don’t know if they’re as tasty as they look.

Burger Maker


Burgers may not necessarily be an easy favorite for kids. But the colorful ingredients make them attractive. In this game, all they need to do is to stack the ingredients, bottom to top, as they’re shown onscreen. They can make as many burgers as they can (with varying ingredients) provided that they stack all the ingredients in their proper order within the time limit. After the ingredients are stacked, they need to “serve” it to the customer by clicking on “serve now.” The game is perfect for second and third graders because of its simplicity. At the same time, it helps improve speed and accuracy. Adults like us, on the other hand, will surely enjoy it if it’s a real burger we’re making, and it’s something we can sink our teeth into. Ooh, juicy.

Penguin Café


This one helps a child develop a knack for business, and opens their eyes to what restaurant owners and servers deal with on a daily basis. Daily sales goal must be met. The server must move fast enough to make each customer happy, thereby paying a more generous tip. It’s a good game that instills in children the culture of gratuity, which makes up an important portion of a server’s livelihood. It will be good for parents as well to discuss with the children the importance of giving tips, so they would grow up practicing the culture. And oh, try telling them exciting trivia about penguins, too! And let their minds wonder about these beautiful creatures.

Conclusion


Overall, the games feature beautiful and colorful graphics that glue the kids’ eyes to the screen. For small children who are still learning about different food items, color matching will surely help them remember, so the next time they visit the kitchen, they can verbalize what they want. The cute music and sound effects also add to the entertainment factor.

Try visiting the website, play a few games yourself, then let your kids try. Just make sure to guide them through on their first tries, and do reinforcement learning once in a while to get maximum value out of it.

BONUS!

This one’s not only for the young ones but also for the young at heart! Be your own supermarket owner by playing Tap Supermarket. It’s an isometric game where the player must manage a grocery store including restocking produce, expanding the line of goods sold, and checking out customers. As you progress through the game you can unlock new displays. Don’t forget to scroll up to the stock room in the upper left corner of the game to keep it stocked as well. One thing that’s missing in the game is the next-level phase after unlocking all the displays. For instance, what will you do with all the earnings? What’s the next goal? Hope it gets a revamp sometime soon. But it sure teaches basic things about managing a supermarket business.

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