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Count Your Peas
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Count Your Peas is designed to teach kids about the foods they eat and encourage them to make healthy food choices. Kids play six mini-games based on a specific food group, such as X's and O's where the O's are whole grain bagels, and can also view flash cards of about 20 popular foods with suggested daily portion and calories. There's also an abacus that kids can use to count how many portions a day they ate in each food group.
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COUNT YOUR PEAS is a meant to be an introduction to nutrition rather than a comprehensive food guide, and as such provides information about only a small variety of foods. There are only six foods listed in the grains category, for example: bagel, wheat bread, cereal, cornbread, pita bread, and popcorn. Each food is presented on a flash card as a high-res photo along with portion and calorie info. These flash cards are a great idea, but the fact that they change automatically like a slide show makes them difficult to read. They would be more effective if the user could flip through them manually. The mini-games are fun for preschoolers, provided they can figure out what to do since there are no instructions. Count Your Peas has some good ideas and information, but could have benefited from a smoother interface and more foods.