We are in the age of Apps. When we first got an iPad I was amazed at what my daughter (who has autism) was able to do on it without any instruction. The way to use it made sense to her brain. It was natural. Today, I have a Strawberry Shortcakes Bake Shop App review.
I love my daughter to use Apps that help her learn something instead of just playing something like slinging birds or throwing away wads of paper. Strawberry Shortcakes Bake Shop App is a great educational app and it teaches what I love to do – be in the kitchen.
Unfortunately, the free version doesn’t give you much. You can make one cake with limited tools. I would have liked to have been able to make at least two items to test it. However, I recommend giving the free version a try first if there is any question as to whether your child will like it.
Your best option for the app is to buy all the desserts and all the kitchen tools through an in-app purchase. When I got the app, it was $9.99 for the desserts and $4.99 for the tools. However, it now appears that it is $14.99 for the desserts and $4.99 for the tools. I felt the price I paid was comparable to the price I would pay for a board game and I was fine with that for my daughter. The price now, I feel, is a bit high, so you could get by with just getting all desserts.
So here is what you get with the game. After selecting which item you want to make from the bake shop, it is time to get to work. You get to mix all the items together. I love the “tilt to pour” feature as you combine ingredients
There are different methods used in cooking depending on the dessert you choose. If you have the tools portion of the app, you have a choice between 2 tools during different parts of the preparation.
Then when it’s time you place it in the oven. If you have all the tools you can select the oven to use. You also set the timer for it to bake.
Here is an example of what it looks like to choose a tool. As you can see you also get to pick the color of frosting, etc. to decorate your creation.
Once your creation is complete you tap the screen to eat it. Tap until it is all the way gone.
Once you are done making and eating your dessert, you get the actual recipe to head into the kitchen and make the real thing if you would like.
My 9 year old daughter has really enjoyed this app and was able to figure it all out on her own. The app is geared for ages 6-8 but I feel older kids that like cooking will also enjoy it.
I think it’s a great way to get your kids ready to cook in the kitchen. It’s also fun for kids who already do some cooking. They can practice first on the app and then get in the kitchen to make the recipe. If you are good with the price, this would be a perfect gift to give someone for Christmas too.
Disclosure: I was given the $9.99 app and compensation for this review. As always my opinion is 100% my own.