Tech Tools for Family Holiday Cooking
Family Holiday Cooking
During the holiday season, families generally get to spend more time together, some travel to visit relatives, while others stay home and simply enjoy time off from school and work. Either way, it is a safe bet that there will be more food prepared (end enjoyed) than usual. How about getting our children, ALL of them, regardless of ability, involved in the preparation?
Including children in the food prep can have all kinds of benefits, such as encouraging them to explore and maybe even try out new foods, flavors, and (gasp!) even textures! Being involved in the prep could also give them a sense of ownership in the meal that might make them even more likely to want to try the dish. Following recipes is a great way to sneak in some reading and math skills and having the recipe read to your child via a device is good practice for listening/comprehension skills… “Now, what did they tell us to do?”, “How much did they say to use?” etc. Some apps have helpful video directions. Maybe your child helps by being in charge of playing the different parts of the video and helping to gather ingredients and supplies?
There are lots of ways that everyone can have a part in the fun. Check out these great recipe apps for your tablet or smartphone, a few fun apps that let children explore food preparation in an entertaining, virtual environment, and some helpful tablet stands to keep your tablet in sight and safe while using it in the kitchen.
By Mealime Meal Plans Inc Mealime is an app designed to help with meal planning and cooking. It has several features that make it a helpful meal preparation tool for people with disabilities. Mealime filters allow users to choose recipes that automatically take allergies, special dietary needs, etc. into account.
By Conde Nast Digital Epicurious makes it easy to find
Epicurious makes it easy to find the world’s best recipes, incredible food videos, and cook delicious meals. The app includes weekly content to inspire you, along with videos of your favorite recipes. You can explore over 35,000 tested recipes from publishers like Bon Appetit, Gourmet, HarperCollins, and more, plus recipe reviews and ratings from home cooks.
Having children enjoy the game-type apps such as Toca Kitchen Sushi can introduce the idea that cooking can be fun and adding different ingredients can make food taste sweeter or more savory. You can even use the games to teach kitchen rules… “They made a mess when they were chopping, what would we do after chopping veggies in our kitchen?”
By Shoe the Goose
Cake Doodle is an app for virtually baking and decorating a cake. The app can be used for free play and developing the skills of sequencing, following simple directions, classification, and attention.
By Office Create Corp
Cooking Mama is a family-friendly cooking game enjoyed by users of all ages and abilities. Cook food by playing fun mini games. More than 30 kinds of recipes are waiting for you.
By Toca Boca AB
Toca Kitchen is a cute, creative play app. Using the app, users choose a character, ingredients and then virtually cook a meal. Pick any ingredients and prepare it traditionally or with a creative twist.
Price: iOS $3.99 / Android Free
By Toca Boca AB
With Toca Kitchen Sushi, the user becomes the chef of a busy seaside restaurant. Customers come in, and you decide what to prepare. With a fantastic array of ingredients, condiments, tools, serving dishes and some hidden surprises, you are set for some serious play.
If you do not have a case with a built-in stand, there are lots of tablet stands out there that will keep your tablet in position while you’re cooking. Below are a few examples, all with great reviews, ranging in price from around $6 to $35. We have also included an example of a simple adhesive screen protector that easily wipes clean (just in case those helping hands get your tablet a little sticky!) and protects your device’s screen from everyday scratches and bumps. These are sized to perfectly fit your tablet, so make sure to get the one made for your particular brand and model.
TECH ACCESSORIES for the holidays
Foldable desktop stand for devices 6-11”
Adjustable stand for devices 4-10”
Prepara iPrep Adjustable stand with stylus
amFilm Glass Screen Protector (2 pack)
Kitchen Tablet Mount Stand iKross 2-in-1 Kitchen Wall/CounterTop Desktop Mount Recipe Holder Stand
Cristen Reat is co-founder of BridgingApps and a mother who found success when using a mobile device with her children who have special needs. Amy Barry is the Content Manager and Editor at BridgingApps and mother of five children. Amy Fuchs is the Program Coordinator at BridgingApps and a former special education teacher.
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This post originally appeared on our November/December 2019 Magazine