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Cookie Doodle

Cookie Doodle

Spring 2012 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 & Up
Developer: Shoe the Goose
Download Price: $0.99
Platform: iPad/iPod Touch/iPhone
Review:

Don't be fooled by Cookie Doodle's simple premise. The fact is, every one of our tester kids who played this cookie crafting app absolutely LOVES it! If you have ever played the free version of this app, then you should know that the ninety-nine cents version improves upon it in every way imaginable. We suspect that most kids love putting together recipes and finding pride in actually baking something and having it come out looking amazing and tasting delicious. This app not only gives kids the option to "fake bake" on an iPad, it actually lists the real ingredients for at least twenty different kinds of cookies! The app is easy to navigate, with a simple menu where kids can either make "instant" cookies or choose from over twenty different recipes. In the "instant" feature, the dough appears on the screen with a rolling pin over it. The kids roll it out, then can choose from hundreds of cookie cutters, or even cut it with a knife into whatever shape they fancy. They then insert the cookie into the oven (a steaming oven appears on the screen and puffs away for a few seconds), then they get to decorate it with frosting, sprinkles, candies, letters, or even pictures of themselves!

All four of my children in the recommended age group are obsessed with this app, but the "recipe" feature is what got my attention as a mom. The app lists the real recipes for about two dozen different cookies! When the recipe option is chosen, the kids pick from anything from chocolate chip cookies to gingersnap, orange, even mint chocolate chip cookies, and a bowl appears surrounded by all of the ingredients necessary. I watched my kids play this game for hours and never understood how it kept their attention for so long until I really paid attention and realized how interactive and educational it is. Kids actually learn how to bake. Once the ingredients appear, the little baker clicks on each one, and the iPad turns into that ingredient. They actually "crack" the eggs, "shake" the salt, "sift" the flour, and have to be careful to add just the right amount of vanilla. Once the cookies are mixed, baked, and decorated, they can even save photos of their favorite creations or "eat" the yummiest ones. There are just too many intricate options in this app to even list. I think it's a steal at ninety-nine cents, and I have already recommended it to friends.

Melissa Strunc   ©2012 Parents' Choice

Look for this product at:
Shoe the Goose
http://www.shoethegoose.com
Available on iTunes

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