Pizza Factory for Kids is a fun way for children to practice following directions by completing various pizza missions. Each complete missions allows children to earn coins to spend in the shop in order to purchase ingredients they can use in “free mode” to create their own recipes. With a total of 39 missions varying in difficulty, this app offers plenty of fun for children especially those interested in cooking.
- 39 Pizza recipe missions
- Free mode for free play
- 48 Ingredients
- Gallery to house pizza creations
This app has all of the key elements to make a high quality app with wonderful graphics, simple yet effective animation, easy-to-use interface, and entertaining sound effects that add to the overall feel of the app. Developers did a great job incorporating various sounds you might hear in the kitchen such as mixing, chopping, and the sound of silverware. The sounds combined with the simple animations make this app a great virtual kitchen for children to practice their cooking skills.
While this app isn’t your typical educational app, it does provide a fun way for children to practice following directions. As they work through each mission, they are asked to follow recipes to create the pizza dough, roll it out into a specific shape, as well as a template that illustrates how to outline the ingredients. The template is located in the top left corner and has a specific pattern for the ingredients and players must put assemble the pizza accordingly. Once it is complete it has to be cooked for a specific amount of time to ensure it doesn’t burn while also not being undercooked. After successfully completing each mission, children receive coins to use in the shop where they can purchase additional ingredients for the free play mode.
This app doesn’t only incorporate recipes and directions to follow, it also offers specific patterns for children to follow as they assemble each pizza, making this a great app for visual learners.
In addition to the fun missions to complete, there is a “free mode” that allows children to make their own pizza combinations with ingredients they unlock or purchase with the coins they earn. Once they complete their pizza masterpieces, they can put them in a gallery to share with parents or for later viewing.
Disbursed throughout the missions there are also fun games to play such as slicing and dicing veggies like a ninja that will earn additional coins. The main screen also offers little bubbles that kids can pop to earn more coins and they can view their progress with various objectives by tapping the trophy icon.
While there is a free version of this app available, the full purchase price is just under two dollars, which is a steal. When you consider the high quality cartoon images, sound effects, the missions, and the free play mode, I think parents will agree that they are getting a lot of bang for their buck. Children will also likely enjoy creating they pizza recipes so much they may want to bring their creations into their kitchen at home.
Developers did a very nice job keeping Pizza Factory child friendly by not including any in app purchase links, advertisements or social media links. While there is a parent area that does include social media links as well as links to other apps and the developer’s website, it is protected so children have to answer a math problem to gain access which is a nice feature.
In addition to the safety factor this app is very intuitive and great for young children. Throughout the app there are written directions combined with arrows indicating what ingredients to use, how to stir the components for the dough etc. This allows toddlers and pre-school aged children to be able to successfully play the app without needing to read through directions. Overall, the developers have done a wonderful job making this a great app for children of all ages.
Pizza Factory is a great app that allows children to explore their culinary talents as they follow recipes and create their own delicious masterpieces without the mess. Perfect for children needing a little extra practice following directions.