Kawaii Kitchen takes kawaii (or super cute) animals and merges them with the popular cooking genre. In this game, the player controls a kawaii animal chef who is filling orders for customers. These orders can be as simple as an order of nuggets or a juice. Or orders may be as complex as multiple types of food with drinks “built” out of multiple ingredients. The player can unlock costumes, collect coins to buy upgrades, and also earn hearts to unlock other animals to be the chef.
This game contains ads and in-app purchases. The ESRB rated it E for Everyone and LW4K stands by this rating.
Kawaii Kitchen helps kids practice and improve the following skills:
Understanding our own actions, thoughts and feelings.
In Kawaii Kitchen, filling the orders helps the player "build relationships" with the customers. This means that they are practicing their empathy and self-awareness skills. The player has to think about what the other animal wants (i.e. their order). Once they have fulfilled the other animal's needs, they earn hearts. The hearts represent their relationship. Once they earn a certain number of hearts, they can unlock that animal and use them as the chef. So not only do mistakes in the order (i.e. a lack of empathy) result in less money, it also means it will take longer to unlock other animals.
Recalling and retaining information in our minds while working.
Since this game requires the player to fulfill a specific order, the player must use their working memory to practice following directions. The better they can remember the order without looking back and forth, the quicker they can fill the order and the more money (and more orders) they get in a day.
It also helps the speed of the player if they are using another aspect of their working memory: their visual memory. By remembering where different ingredients are located on the screen, as well as how to combine them to make the correct sandwich or drink, the better able they are to fulfill the order fast. The faster they are, the better their return.
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