Fun Culinary Games for Kids (and Kids at Heart)
How was your holiday? I had a great time spending the holidays with my family. My niece and nephews visited for a few weeks. One of the highlights of their trip was assisting me in the preparation of our Christmas dinner. Paige asked whether she could make a Mango Float with limited help, and I was impressed by my 9-year-old niece’s eagerness to learn.
She expressed an interest in running a Bubble Tea Shop when I took her to a nearby shop. She even befriended the owner, and when we returned the next day (at her request), she was given a complimentary Chocolate Milktea since the owner liked her bubbly personality. When we went home, she asked her father (my brother) to get her supplies, which we bought the next day and became her first customer. It was the most adorable thing I’d ever seen.
I came across CulinarySchools.Org, which offers a variety of cooking and baking games from Arcade Classics, Physics Puzzles to Memory & Matching games which Paige truly enjoyed. I have to say, it gave her a feel of what it’s like to have her own Bubble Tea Shop.
Here are some of her favorite games:
Open Restaurant – a fast-paced restaurant management simulation. You need to seat the guests, take their orders, deliver their meal, collect the payment, and clear the table. Perform all of these tasks swiftly and efficiently in order to meet the daily target income for the next day. How many days do you think you’ll be able to get through?
DC Super Hero Girls Food Fight – Take part in an intense battle and defeat some baddies. Even a school cafeteria appears to be a dangerous place for Wonder Woman, Batgirl, Zatanna, and the other heroines. Evil is constantly after them, and this time you need to help in defeating the villains. Lend a helping hand to your favorite heroes and beat your opponents by tossing food at them!
Penguin Cafe – In this fun restaurant simulator game, try to keep all of your customers happy while earning hefty tips. Seat your hungry customers, take their orders, and then serve up their meal. Earn tips based on how quickly you provide service. Attempt to complete each level with enough money to move on to the next challenge.
King Bacon vs. The Vegans – This vegan group just wants to hang out and plant some delicious veggies on their farm. That will not be tolerated by King Bacon. With his army of mutant hot dogs, meatballs, and eggs, he is determined to destroy their farm. In this wacky action game, fight with the vegans as they protect themselves from these ruthless meatheads.
More of her favorite games:
Ice Cream – Complete each stage by matching what your customers order before the timer runs out.
The Amazing World of Gumball Water Sons – An online game based on the popular Cartoon Network TV show, The Amazing World of Gumball. Help Gumball and Darwin soak all their friends with water balloons and prevent their heat exhaustion. Be warned, it’s not as simple as it appears. But it’s a lot of fun to play!
Burger Time – In the conversation bubble, your customer’s order will appear. You must build the burger exactly how the customer wants. You must also complete this task quickly so that you do not upset your customers and you get tips!
Plumber Soda – Bring soda from the pipes to your bottle by rotating the plumbing pieces in order to make sure that the soda travels throughout all the levels and by the end of it, it gets into the soda bottle. Like any other puzzle game, this will become more and more difficult and all you need to do is simply concentrate.
More kid-friendly cooking and baking games here.
Here’s a MY personal favorite:
Merge Cakes – Drag one cake onto another cake of the same type, and a new cake recipe will appear. There are a variety of delicious sweets to discover and collect. Moreover, even when you are not connected to the internet, the game continues to play, guaranteeing that you always have rewards to look forward to.
CulinarySchools.Org isn’t just about games, in fact, it’s a one-stop source for everything culinary as you can read relevant topics related to the Culinary Arts.
Another amazing tool that I grew to love is the Ingredient Conversion Tool. As someone who enjoys baking, I know that some instructions can be vague and that most measurements are in metric, so it’s a good idea to keep conversion charts or calculators on hand.
Tipping isn’t customary in our country, but because wages are so low, it’s normal for individuals to kindly round up the bill. Here in the Philippines, we do not have a strong tipping culture so leaving gratuity is up to you. Unless a charge is included in the bill or the service is really poor, the general rule is to leave a 5-10% tip. At least, that’s what I try to do.
A tool that I find useful in this regard is the Tip Calculator. All you have to do is enter the total amount, the number of persons dividing the bill, and the percentage you wish to give the server. If you are happy with the service, a 15% tip is standard.
I’m glad I discovered this hidden gem as it kept my niece and nephews entertained during their stay. It also gave my niece a taste of what it would be like to manage her own Bubble Tea Shop, which she was quite enthusiastic about.