Guest Post via Rebecca Mecomber of www.theoldergeek.com
Oh, the moment when I pulled my first meatloaf from the oven… I was 13. Thank God it turned out edible, and I made one nearly every other night for three weeks. It was all I really knew how to cook. My mom had become seriously ill and was in the hospital for about a month, then she was bedridden for many more months. Since my step-dad worked full-time and my brothers could not cook, the responsibility of the kitchen fell on me. I had almost no experience cooking so I went through an emergency “trial and error” period. Thankfully, the men in the house had taste-bud-challenged tongues and growling stomachs. They swallowed the food with nary a thought.
When my daughters got older, I MADE SURE they knew how to cook at an early age. It wasn’t because I was afraid of being bedridden myself (although I was, several years ago for a few months, from a back injury). It was because every one should know how to make food for themselves. This summer, my teen daughter canned tomatoes all by her little self!!!’s not easy, learning to cook. Well, until now. Have you heard of “Sara’s Cooking Class”? It’s an online game by GirlsgoGames.com (a sub-set of Spil Games, one of THE WORLD’S largest online games publishers!). I was toodeling around the website and played the cooking class. I learned how to make sushi from scratch! And peanut-butter eyeballs!!! Boy, I wish I’d known how to cook those when I was 13, my brothers would have loved the eyeballs.
The desktop game is now coming to the world of mobile technology — the company has launched the *ahem* official iPhone and Android app “Sara’s Cooking Class” lite version (free) and the premium version (pay small fee). The game is ADORABLE!!! Click the links to see the app store descriptions and how to get the game at iTunes, Google Play and at the Amazon Appstore.
The game is marketed largely toward teen girls, but I know some very smart 5- and 8-year olds and their moms who will love this game!
“Sara’s Cooking Class” is like this: click GirlsGoGames: Sara’s Cooking Class to go to the website. You can register or play without registering. One of the benefits of registering is that while you play, you build up points and get awards for completed classes. It’s a great motivational tool for young ladies. Select a recipe to “virtually” cook in a “virtual” kitchen. This is fun — you follow the pictures to assemble your ingredients, mix things together, and cook it all. I think this is extremely educational, as it is far, far better than making a kid sit down and read ingredients off a card. I found that I retained the knowledge of how to make the sushi from scratch much better by acting it out than simply reading a paragraph of cooking instructions. The game is very well thought-out, and the graphics are outstanding. Each recipe DOES have a text recipe to make the food in your real kitchen, too.
You’ll really have to go see the game yourself. There are way too many recipes for me to list here, but it does teach girls how to cook some very nice meals such as fish, burritos, fallafel, lasagna, kabobs, pumpkin and rhubarb pies, chicken pot pie, baklava… AND that eternal staple: meatloaf.
If you have a daughter, you must show her the site! And go yourself and learn a new recipe, too. I am definitely going to make the real peanut-butter eyeballs! 🙂
Watch this video!
JSYK: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Girls Go Game. The opinions and text are all mine. I think this game ROCKS and you should try it out!