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Safe and Entertaining Cooking Games For Kids

If you are looking for safe fun and entertainment for your kids, you can look to the Internet for cooking games. Here are some free websites below that guarantee a safe platform for your kids.

1. http://www.primarygames.com/arcade/cooking.php – features the pancake game where your child will be able to decorate pancakes that are shown on the left of their screen to look exactly like the pancake on the right of the screen. The child will place the ingredients and pancake toppings on the pancake exactly as they appear on the right.

2. WebPaws carries 34 cooking game choices at http://www.webpaws.com/games.php?cid=7&s=Cooking. From ice cream to buffet dinners, your child can explore his or her creativity in a safe and unique way.

3. If you would like your child to learn about cooking, food safety and hygiene, then you will like http://www.familylearning.org.uk/food_games.html. The barbecue food game shows your child how to safely cook on a barbecue grill.

4. Online games were usually male-dominated until now. At CookingGames.net, girls from ages 4 to 14 get to decorate their own pizzas, birthday cakes, pastas and more.

5. http://www.glittergames.com/top-games/7-cooking-games is another site specifically for girls. From hamburgers to pizzas, your daughters can explore the art of cooking.

Every parent is concerned about the safety issues when their children are online, and these websites mentioned above are ideal for playing games in a safe online environment.

   

Just a Teaspoon of Sugar and a Whole Lot of Fun- Cooking with Kids

Since I am a teacher, I feel that everything can be a learning experience. What better way to learn and have fun then playing around in the kitchen! Here are five games for cooking, baking, and bonding with your kids:

1) Shapes. Using cookie cutters, have children choose which shapes they would like to use to make their cookies. Things to note are the number of sides and angles of each.

2) Predator vs Prey: This is a science project using skittles and m&m's. Use one color of skittles on a plate to create a "habitat." sprinkle assorted colors of m&m's in the mix. The child is the "predator" and has ten seconds to use his pointer and thumb like a beak to "catch" the m&m's within the mix. At the end of 10 seconds see how many m&ms he captured, did he accidently pick up any skittles? Discuss camouflage and how animals use it for protection. Repeat with different colored habitats. Any difference?

3) Colors: Challenge your kids to make a meal using all one color. For example: a breakfast of scrambled eggs, banana, pineapple juice, and corn tortillas. What about a rainbow meal? Since fruits and vegetables come in a variety of brililant hues, this could be a healthy adventure as well!

4) Scavenger Hunt: A great way to practice reading and following directions. Have the child look through a cook book and find something yummy and new that they would like to make. Then have them search around for all the necessary ingredients.

5) Measuring: This is a great way to learn fractions. 1/2 a cup vs 1/4. Try making several cups of kool-aid or ice tea using different measurements. How does each one taste? Which one is your favorite, the one with more or less sugar? We all know what that answer is, but it's fun to watch them look like they are actually considering both options:)

   

Play Cooking Games With Your Kids (Or Without!)

Cooking games are exactly what they sound like! They are various games that incorporate the element of food and cooking within them. They can either have the player simply imitate making something, or have them make it in a virtual way. Some games even allow kids to really make simple foods, giving them a tasty treat for when the cooking game is done!

These type of games have been with us for many, many years. Young adults and toddlers with a passion or interest in cooking have always tried their hand at it in an early age. A few decades ago, children would play with little make believe kitchen stoves and ovens and serve their imaginary food to their imaginary friends, often hosted as a “tea party”.

Recently, with the advancement of safe electronic, the younger generation can use specially designed, kid friendly versions of actual stoves and ovens, so that they can make real food. Various companies like Fisher-Price and Toys R Us have many different kinds of kid safe kitchen-ware.

Another advancement, in the form of video games, have also helped popularize cooking games. Children can now create virtual dishes and be awarded with more ingredients, recipes, or virtual collectibles. Platforms such as the Nintendo DS offer highly popular cooking games like Cooking Mama and Cooking Dash.

These games are fun to play and help satisfy the urge of playing cooking related games. Even adults can benefit from virtual cooking games like Personal Trainer: Cooking, which allows them to practice making new foods, without the wastage of ingredients in trial runs.

Cooking games have come a long way since the make-believe days, and these very games will inspire people around the world to create more delicious food.

   
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