Have you heard about the new Strawberry Shortcake Sweet Shop app from Budge Studios? It was downloaded over 1 million times in only 5 days after launch, reached the #1 iPad app in over 23 countries, and reached the #1 iPad/Kids app in over 120 countries.
While those numbers sound impressive, any parent knows they mean nothing unless it’s kid-approved! My not-so-little three year old couldn’t have been more excited to have a new game. Although we have our fair share of iPads and older iPhones laying around the house, I don’t allow them to play on electronics very often. Other than summer days that almost require an afternoon movie for sanity purposes, they get iPad or iPhone time on an occasional reward basis. (Or when we are grocery shopping and I just really want to be able to remember my list without extra little voices in my head.)
So when I do download apps for them, I have two important factors: 1- There is some kind of education involved hopefully. I mean, I don’t expect them to be reading online encyclopedias, but a little math or puzzle-building motor skills need to be there preferably over tossing birds into the air. And 2- That they actually have fun with it! Nothing is worse than taking the time to download it, watching their excitement build, watching my phone space dwindle with folders of kiddie-apps – then hearing “Mama, I’m bored” or listening to frustrated noises when they can’t quite figure out how to play.
I love this app, and admittedly played on it alone for longer than I care to admit before I gave my daughter a turn. We had a blast adding sprinkles and toppings to the different sweets, and I loved that every recipe included healthy options like spinach and almond milk. My daughter loved feeling like she was “just like mama” in the kitchen, chopping up pineapples and tilting the phone to add ice in the blender.
“Strawberry Shortcake has invited all of her friends to try out her berrylicious new sweets, and needs YOUR help to make them. Be a dessert chef and create sweet recipes that you can make later at home!”
Just a few of the best features:
• Make a variety of tasty + healthy desserts for Strawberry Shortcake’s friends
• Pour, stir, blend, freeze, and eat your sweets
• Combine food coloring, ingredients, sprinkles and decorations for endless customization possibilities
• Earn stars by completing special requests
• Create real recipes that you can make later at home
• Strawberry Shortcake’s voice provides step-by-step instructions and helpful tips
• Upgrade your kitchen tools for easier and quicker food preparation
• Save and share your new creations from the Parents’ Corner
Languages: English, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish
Remember those smoothie ingredients I mentioned?: banana, blueberries, cherries, raspberries, strawberries, mango, pineapple, peach, cantaloupe, carrot, avocado, kale, baby spinach, flax seed, chia seed, ginger, hazelnuts, peanut butter, honey, ice cubes
Other ingredients: milk, almond milk, juice, coconut oil, vanilla extract, dark chocolate, frosting, food coloring etc.
Unlock Packs (In-App Purchases): All desserts, all kitchen tools, cake pops, jam packed fruit pops, super squares, candy apple extravaganza.
I should add that even without in-app purchases, this game is addicting and fun! Like most parents who bravely hand over their devices to little fingers, I have my app store purchases set to require a password with each download, and I love that this app has built in security locks like multiplication boxes to access parent areas. While we couldn’t resist adding some new kitchen equipment and trying out the cake pops (since I am a massive failure at making these in real life) – her giggles were well worth it. And something about fulfilling those sweet shop orders, and the fact that I’ve loved Strawberry Shortcake since I was little, had me topping vibrant virtual desserts as I was falling asleep later! What is it about us girls and our bright colored sparkly things?
The best news? You can try it FREE on the App Store using this link!
You can also watch the app trailer on YouTube here.
Maybe you haven’t heard about Budge Studios, and neither had I. But as the #1 Freemium Kids App Publisher on the App Store – I am glad I found them now!
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Budge Studios leads the industry by providing entertaining apps for kids through innovation and creativity. The company develops and publishes apps for smartphones and tablets played by millions of children worldwide featuring high profile properties such as Strawberry Shortcake, Chuggington, Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Minnie Mouse.
We’ve already since downloaded other Strawberry Shortcake apps in which she dresses up (and you can take photos to dress yourself up!) and another one that she plays with her pets (which my animal-loving little girl couldn’t get enough of). I love that you can easily find more fun character apps from Budge Studios and trust they are worth downloading for your little one’s entertainment.