Fizzy's Lunch Lab

Common Sense Media says

Web-exclusive animated series promotes good nutrition.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site focuses on teaching kids about the connection between good nutrition and good overall health.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this PBS Kids web-only series is an entertaining place for elementary-aged kids to learn the importance of good nutrition, a balanced diet, and physical activity. Professor Fizzy is the Lunch Lab's funny host who serves up a fun mix of nutrition information, healthy eating tips, and simple recipes -- all while trying to foil the efforts of his evil nemesis Fast Food Freddy. Created around monthly themes, the site releases a new animated short video each week as well as a corresponding recipe for kids and their parents to enjoy. A variety of supplemental nutrition-based activities are available to extend the learning into the home.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • counting
  • measurement

Hobbies

  • cooking

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations

Health & Fitness

  • balanced diet
  • exercise
  • fitness

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Fun, engaging characters and a variety of different games, videos, music, recipes, and activities should keep kids interested and coming back for more.

Learning Approach

Every activity, video, and song is packed with useful information and opportunities to learn. Kids have plenty of ways to personalize their learning experiences; however, they can't adjust the difficulty level of the games.

Support

Detailed instructions preface every game and content is organized in a user-friendly way. Kids can save their progress as they make their way through the activities and there are plenty of suggestions for extending learning beyond the site.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • counting
  • measurement

Hobbies

  • cooking

Skills

Creativity

  • making new creations

Health & Fitness

  • balanced diet
  • exercise
  • fitness

Kids can learn about nutrition, healthy eating, and exercise along with some biology and kitchen-related math. The site's team of health and education pros has three goals; make positive change in kids' nutrition, encourage daily exercise, and promote specific eating habits (e.g. portion control). Kids could use a space of their own to share their recipes or choice of exercise, showing the site’s goals being met. The Lunch Lab is an encouraging mix of nutrition and exercise information, plus entertainment, that's fun and visually appealing.

This Learning Rating review was written by Michelle Kitt

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

There's a lot to explore in FIZZY'S LUNCH LAB. Kids can browse kid-friendly recipes or search for specifics by keyword and category (vegetarian, cold, holiday, etc.). They can watch Professor Fizzy and the gang in themed webisodes or watch music videos that feature Freezer Burn, the Lunch Lab's rock and roll band. The games section has over a dozen activities that vary in difficulty and by topic; by playing them, kids earn virtual money which they can use to bling out a section called "My Kitchen."

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

PBS Kids has created a web-only series that creatively presents nutrition information in a way that kids will understand and enjoy. The Lunch Lab is led by Professor Fizzy, a funny, energetic culinary genius, and his trusty sidekick Mixie-Bot, a robot helper made of kitchen appliances and gadgets. Together, they teach kids about cooking, nutrition and kitchen safety as well as the benefits of basic nutrition, proper portion-size and physical activity. The animated videos are entertaining and educational, and through clever characters such as Sully the Cell, they explain complicated concepts like the virtues of whole wheat flour versus white processed flour. And all the information is imparted using simple language that kids will understand ("Wheat is Sweet!"). Young users will enjoy the games and music with catchy names like "Buffet Boogie" and "Veggie Fever." Interesting food facts and do-at-home activities make this a fun stop for every member of the family -- and will provide healthy food fodder for any dinner table.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the importance of maintaining a healthy diet. Although occasional treats and sweets are nice, your body needs a steady balance of good nutrition and physical activity. Why is it not good for you to spend too much time on the couch and in the drive-thru lane?

  • How marketers target children in order to sell junk food. What methods and tricks do they use to convince kids to ask their parents for junk food? How do they use different media and technology to reach kids with messages about their products?

  • Which types of food are good for our bodies and which are not? At what times of the day do you find yourself craving not-so-healthy foods? Sitting in front of the television? Playing computer games? Do the messages and advertisements you see during the day make you crave those things?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
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  • OFF: Not age-appropriate for kids this age.
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Learning ratings

  • Best: Really engaging, great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging, good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging, good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging, okay learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 6 years old April 4, 2011
AGE
6
QUALITY
 

perfect for both old n younger kids

it is very helpful n fun to work with.

What other families should know
Too much swearing
Educational value
Great messages
Safety and privacy concerns
Adult Written byTheMelMonster April 9, 2010
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

Great videos and recipes for child chefs, games need some work

I really enjoyed this recipe-filled website. The videos are entertaining, the science is sound, and the site is easy to navigate. The games are not horribly entertaining, but the videos and recipes make up for it. I recommend Lunch Lab for any child that is interested in learning more about nutrition and how to cook.

Adult Written byPsychic Readings March 25, 2011
AGE
5
QUALITY
 

New twist on food for childern.

It really is a wonderful idea to incorporate this into a game. So many kids get older and have no balance of why food is important for them, except the usual from parents "saying, b/c it's good for you" it actually take the time to fully educate them!

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