Professor Maxwell's VR Junior Chef Virtual Reality Kids Cookbook and Interactive Cooking Food Science Learning Activity Set
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- THE ULTIMATE IMMERSIVE VR / AR LEARNING EXPERIENCE - Includes a 64 page book wtih 24 delicious recipes containing detailed, step-by-step instructions to make real meals and snacks while exploring the science behind food. Learn about the chemical reactions involved in cooking, and even dive into the world of gastronomy to discover where certain foods come from and how they work with each other!
- LEARN, PLAY, EXPERIENCE! - Professor Maxwell provides a basic understanding of food science, explaining the concepts of dehydration, osmosis, gluten, yeast and so much more. The recipes are not only, but they are fun recipes to make that kids will retain for life! From the simple grilled cheese sandwich and French toast, to a layered chocolate cake and lasagna, we explore 24 yummy foods that will get you excited to make meals, snacks and desserts for your friends and family!
- FOLLOW STEP-BY-STEP VIDEOS - Each recipe contains step by step images that turn into videos right on the page. Develop the skills and confidence to cook by seeing every step in detail, taking away the guess-work to empower kids with concise directions.
- VR GOGGLES INCLUDED - Includes a pair of hands-free goggles to create an immersive learning experience. Compatible with all smart phones with access to Google Play store and Apple iOS app store. All smart phone mobile devices have been tested to fit into the goggles, including “max” and plus size phones. Goggles not compatible with tablets.
- MATERIALS INCLUDED - This 25 piece VR kit includes a complete set of materials, including a spatula, whisk, rolling pin, poach pods, measuring cups and spoons, and even an apron and chefs hat so that you can get started right out of the box. (NOTE: Food ingredients not included)
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First, the product arrives with so many items in a size made for smaller hands. There is a chef hat and apron to add to the interactive fun. Each product is durable and it stores well. We purchased a organization bin to keep everything together as this kit contains almost everything you need for each provided recipe.
This product has an app that is available on both iTunes and Google. I have an iPhone, so I had to search for the exact app name in order to find it (I attached a picture of the app). The app is required for the virtual reality, but if you wanted to just use the items and follow the recipes, you don't need it. However, it does add videos to each of the directions, which is helpful for your child to see what is to be done before you start yourself. I loved this feature and you can use it without the VR goggles. Just hover your phone over the book and watch each direction play. Since each direction is its own box (as seen in an attached picture), you can take your time watching the videos or watch them one after another. You control when you want to watch each video.
Next, there is a feature with each recipe that takes you beyond what you have just made. This is where the VR goggles and the app take this product to the next level. You hover over the "Facts" box on each page. The app informs you that you need to insert your phone into the goggles (it counts down) and then place the goggles on your child.
This is where I found the most initial frustration, but reward after I figured it out. First, the countdown is incredibly fast (I think it was counting down six seconds). I had a thick case on my phone but it does not fit into the goggles with a case. After I removed the case and inserted my phone, I had to adjust the eye piece/the phone to make the VR look right. The VR had already started explaining the extra facts. If the developers could add a bit more time to the countdown, I think this could help ease the initial frustrations.
My phone is an iPhone XR, so it is very long. It does fit but I found I had to adjust where the phone sat on the VR goggles first, then adjust the eyepiece. It didn't mention this in the directions but I assume it probably is common sense (haha).
One thing to note is that the book in the app looks different when it is in your VR goggles. I think you need to first test these features before you start your lesson with your child. Make sure the VR goggles are adjusted to your phone before you start the facts. Then, you can transition from the instructions in the book to the virtual reality with ease.
Trust me, it is WORTH it to use the virtual reality. It is incredibly cool and informative. It takes a bit of effort to set it up but once you have an understanding of how to make your phone work with the goggles, it definitely takes your lesson to the next level.
I would definitely recommend this for any family who either wants to teach at home or wants to supplement the education their child already receives. It takes age-appropriate baking and cooking and makes it scientific. It also helps you as an adult feel like you are giving your child an ultra cool experience while learning. This isn't something that you use once and are done with, this has you excited for each lesson to come!
It is nice because they can spend the time doing it. They are excited when they make something themselves. They love to make new discoveries.
This is a great activity for a rainy day or a day when your child is sick or when you are just stuck at home. It is a good way to keep a child busy.
I thought it was age appropriate. It wasn’t too hard. The children really liked how it turned out.
I feel like this is good for child development. It kept my children's interest. It would also make a nice gift.
I would recommend it.
Kid-sized, colorful cooking gear will still be fun and useful for years to come.
The presentation is great, too. Very giftable.
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The core experience of the kits are really the augmented reality system through the app, most everything else including the "VR" aspect plays off of that. The kit comes with a really nice printed book of activities, exercises and learning opportunities which is usable all on it's own but it comes to life when you use the free companion app which uses your phones camera to recognize the page you're pointing it at and add in virtual objects visible only on the phone right onto the pages. Some of the pages do things like when you point the phone at certain parts of it, it will overlay and play videos that appear to exist right on the page. The actual VR headset, of course for something in this price point, is really just a shell with some lenses which show a separate part of your phone screen to each eye. The fidelity is rather low, but it works surprisingly well and was certainly good enough to amaze my kids which had zero prior experience with VR.
The residual bonus is that the VR Headset included in the kit is totally usable with any other VR apps and experiences you can find, so just because you've exhausted all of the activities included in the kit doesn't mean you can't keep finding new things to do with the headset.
I do feel like the price point is a bit on the high side if you look at it in terms of the individual physical components here, but as a complete package it's cohesive, interesting and educational. Overall I think you could do a LOT worse for the money when it comes to these STEM kits, especially for kids on the lower end of the age range on the box.
This set starts by using virtual reality to allow kids to see all the different recipes. Most recipes do require an oven or a stovetop to do them on. These tutorials are brisk but effective at getting kids interested in learning how to do the recipes. This is then supported by a great 64-page book, that is well written and contains step by step instructions with lots of beautiful pictures of each of the 24 recipes. The recipes are all delicious but do require some supervision around the kitchen.
The only drawback is that the VR experience on the app could be a little more high-tech and polished. But for the money, this kit still provides a good value and a wonderful starting point for learning how to cook. Out of all the Professor Maxwell VR sets, my kids liked the magic one the most followed by this one.
Overall, this is an excellent learning resource for kids to start making their own recipes and honing their skills around the kitchen. Full marks from me!