Confession 1: I love to eat but I'm not a huge fan of cooking.
Confession 2: i have, nonetheless, been trying to get my 6-year-old remotely interested in cooking, but except for the first time we made banana bread together, I haven't been successful.
So, when I came across Culinary Schools.org I was quite intrigued. It has some fun and exciting kids food games that help children get interested in various culinary aspects, as well an ingredient conversion calculator (which would make cooking easier and quicker for me!). Considering the extra time we have during lockdown, I took the opportunity to try these games and tools out. And here's what I thought of them…
The Games – for children
The games help familiarise children with every aspect of food, right from it's production (farming) to cooking. It is also a great way for older kids to learn about culinary arts and know the ins and outs of the restaurant business and hospitality-related careers. It's a lot of learning but in a fun, interactive manner.
The Food Education games such as Tasty Kingdom are a godsend at this time as my relatively healthy-eating son is consuming far too many treats and 'snacky meals' during this endless period where routine and normalcy have gone out the window! So this was a good way to learn about healthy foods versus unhealthy foods. In Fitness Food Run, the players get healthier when consuming foods like apples and cucumbers and become sluggish when eating french fries. Can I Eat It? is great for preschoolers and kindergarten level kids to be able to differentiate between edible versus inedible items.
Sweety Cooking Chocolate Cake is an easy game that familiarises children with things used in the kitchen while also teaching them how to follow a simple recipe. It is more of an instructional video (with arrows to help them every step of the way) as opposed to a game, but great for curious little minds. Happy to say my son was hooked!
Games like Farm Story, Farm Pop and Puzzle Farm help children understand where our food comes from, educating them about farming, plants and animals. Great for homeschooling!
The games in the Serving Eaters section help (older) students (interested in taking up a career in the restaurant or hospitality businesses) learn the know-hows of these industries, such as attention to detail, process repetition and even simulate working as a waiter or serving orders out of the kitchen. I tried a few just for fun, to get a feel of what it would be like working in a restaurant, and I give them a thumbs-up for their likeness to a real-life stressful restaurant kitchen situation.
And last but not the least, there are also games like Donuts and Fast Food Combat that are just for fun!
The Ingredient Conversion Calculator – for grown-ups too!
This couldn't have come at a better time either. Because of the entire family being at home during the lockdown, i'm finding myself in the kitchen far more than I would like to! And cooking a lot more than I am used to! But thanks to the Recipe Ingredient Conversion Calculator, things are going much quicker and smoother, especially when I'm experimenting with new recipes. It helps to quickly convert between:
- teaspoons, tablespoons, cups and ml
- ounces, cups, teacups and glasses
- gallons and litres
- pounds and kilograms
- calories and kilojoules
There's also a very useful Cooking Conversion Chart for measurement, weight and temperature. Perfect to pin up in the kitchen!
And while I haven't (yet) tried the Weight Loss Calculator, seeing how I'm gorging on goodies and wine (homeschooling is NOT easy!!!), that might just come in handy soon! It helps to estimate how much one will need to change their diet and exercise routine in order to reach their weight loss goals. Handy, but let's just pretend I won't be needing that one…
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