If you have a child that enjoys playing with his food, kidsfunfood may be the app for you. Allow your child to digitally play with his food as he or she reconstructs puzzles using pieces made of food. This puzzle app is great for young children exploring the world of shapes and puzzles.
Kidsfunfood by Dreambook studios is basically a puzzle app. There are fifteen different puzzles featuring a robot, car, pirate, rocket ship, house, and a variety of animals that can be solved in any order and as many times as the users desires. The twist is that each puzzle is completely made out of pieces of food. Faces are made of waffles, wings out of apples, feathers out of almonds, and feet out of marshmallows.
Each game features multi-piece puzzles that are often layered and complex. Each puzzle screen begins with the basic outline of the character in the puzzle. Users drag the piece that matches the shape from around the screen to the correct spot. Verbal reinforcements greet correctly placed pieces. Incorrect pieces will not sit in the spot and bounce slightly out of the outline to show that they are in the wrong place. Players can put the puzzle together in whatever order they want. After solving each puzzle, the characters then come to life.
A fun extension for these puzzles is the Mom’s Recipe section. Parents can extend the fun by seeing exactly what ingredients are in each puzzle and learning how to cut and arrange real food to mimic the puzzles. This is a fun way to connect the real and digital worlds.
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This puzzle app has a few twists that make it different from its peers. Each puzzle is bold and clear, making them engaging for the toddler and preschool crowd. Having all fifteen puzzles unlocked from the beginning is also a nice feature. This means that when my child really wants to do the dog puzzle, we don’t have to first work through all the others to unlock it. I also liked the Mom’s Recipe idea. This is a great way to tie healthy eating into something fun. I’m looking forward to recreating some of these puzzles this summer with the kids. A friend of mine used this app with her preschool class and her kids absolutely loved it. They eagerly matched the shapes and thoroughly enjoyed when the puzzles came to life. Her class gives this app an enthusiastic two thumbs up.
Overall, kidsfunfood is a great way for children to play with their food, without making a mess. The puzzles offer enough of a challenge to engage preschoolers and older toddlers, without being too difficult or frustrating.
RRP - $1.99/£1.49/€1.79
At the time of this review, the app had no in-app purchases or ads, and the external social media link was tucked behind a parent gate.
This app was reviewed by Sarah Emerling, a mom, teacher, and technology coach. She is guilty of sometimes playing with her own food. She is a self-proclaimed tech nerd and is passionate about technology in education. You can follow her ed. tech. blog at The iLesson Lady.
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