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Toca Kitchen

Toca Kitchen

Spring 2012 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 - 8 yrs.
Contributions From: Eric Alm
Designer: Jens Peter de Pedro
Director: Emil Bemer
Producer: Emil Ovemar
Developer: Toca Boca
Download Price: $1.99
Platform: iPad

Toca Kitchen comes from the popular developers at Toca Boca. The interface is clean and easy to use, and it engages a child in an activity that interests them (in this case, cooking) in an accessible way. The goal is for the user to experiment with different things, and the simple, text-free interface encourages that. Moderate feedback from the 'customer' is enough to prompt the child to do more, and delight them (He LIKES that!) without wearing them out. With each item, from slicing or cooking in a grill, the user can see quickly the effects of their choices, and just when my son thought he'd 'done everything', he discovered more combinations he could try.

This passes the success test, not only because both of my children return to it again and again, but because this app is the one they choose to show (and play with) their friends.

Barbara Chamberlin   ©2012 Parents' Choice
Barbara Chamberlin researches and develops educational software and media at New Mexico State University's Learning Games Lab. She and her husband have two boys.

Look for this product at:
Toca Boca
Available on iTunes

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