Grandma’s Kitchen by Fairlady Media – Review & Giveaway
Grandma’s Kitchen by Fairlady Media is a universal app designed for iOS that contains mini games and the lovable Grandma in her kitchen. To learn more about Fairlady Media, check out our developer interview as well as our review of another app Grandpa’s Workshop. This app contains mini games which include: spot the difference, word bake, utensil patterns, food math, pick the clock (time telling), first letters of specific words, and find an object in the refrigerator. The app works on early literacy skills, early math skill, counting, organizing, patterning, fine motor as well as creative play skills. This app is designed for preschoolers and young elementary grade school children and focuses on early learning in a fun and interactive way!
One of my favorite features of the app was the ability to pick which specific games you wanted to have your child play – that way you can focus on specific types of skills or if a particular game is too difficult for them to play turn it off entirely. I liked the rewards of the video after completing specific tasks, although my son also asked to earn stickers for completing certain games as well. The video’s were realistic as you followed along and encouraged children to take the skills that they were learning in the app and translate them into real life. My son loved many of the mini games although some of them were admittedly more difficult than others.
Each of the mini games focuses on a specific topic which I will highlight: Spot the Difference presents you with a field of objects including candy and cookies to find the one that is different, which can be pretty subtle! The Fridge Fun is presented as a reward with :20 seconds on the clock where you must touch the healthy vegetables like carrots and potatoes rather than the cakes and cookies which pop up. Word Bake requires children to match two words like blue and berry and put them together in the app – silly combinations are accepted like “grape-ball” but it prompts you to put the correct word together. Utensil Pattern requires you to follow a sequential pattern and find what the next object is among a series of three utensils and fill in the proper object in the pattern. Food Math has objects that you count by 10′s and then a few loose objects at the end – which you can touch to count 10, 20, 30, etc and add them together. Pick the Clock requires you to find the clock with a specific time on it to match the spoken words. First letters requires children to find the first two letters of an object like “plum” from a field of four choices. It presents both a photo of the object as well as a spoken reminder – children can narrow down the field and then when they pick the right answer they are given positive feedback. Alphabetical Spices requires you to sort a series of five spices in alphabetical order from A to Z. It’s a fun game but can be more challenging for older kids.
For the reward games like “baking a cake” – I’d love to see a recipe card which says “add three eggs” and “add the milk” which would encourage children to sequence the objects rather than just dumping them in the bowl and then them mixing it with their finger. It would be even more fun if after it baked and you had completed another activity if you could see the cake again. It would be nice especially for younger kids if Food Math was a two phased game where first you just counted by tens and then once that was mastered add in the remaining objects like “90 +5″ as a second phase.
The app contains a parent lock “for grown-ups only” which requires you to access a series of numerals which then allows you to see the other apps by Fairlady Media as well as the ability to rate items and send feedback. This will hopefully prevent little fingers from getting into the iTunes store by mistake and is a great idea! I would like to see the different settings for the games you pick in behind the parent control so kid’s can’t just pick their favorite games.
This is a great educational game that will provide hours of fun for younger children who are working on core skills like letters, matching, sequencing and more.
Grandma's Kitchenby Fairlady Media
Category: Education, Games, Educational, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen4G, iPod Touch (3. Gen.), iPhone 3GS, iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen4G, iPadMini4G, iPhone5c, iPad WiFi, iPad 3G, iPadMini, iPhone5s, iPhone5, iPad 2 3G, iPadThirdGen, iPad 2 WiFI, iPadFourthGen, iPhone 4, iPod Touch (4. Gen.)
Size: 56.84 MB
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NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.
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