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Count Your Peas

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Limited introduction to nutrition, making healthy choices.

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Not the most straightforward app to navigate. There are no instructions for the mini-games, and the food flash cards advance automatically like a slide show rather than letting the user flip to the next card when ready, which hampers their usefulness.

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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.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$1.99
Release date:February 20, 2011
Category:Education
Publisher:Design Seedling, Inc.
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.2 or later

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Adult Written byMrsKsClass April 20, 2011

fun way to sprinkle in good eating habits

Use this with my class to explore food and create art.
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Parent Written byAlgae April 2, 2011

fun activities for kids and handy nutritional info for parents

I like the database of over 1,000 food items you can search - my kids and I look up what we ate after dinner each day - which is fun and good way for me to stress the importance of enough fruits and vegetables every day. Like that you don't need to be connected to wifi to do this as we turn off the wifi so the kids can't access the internet. My kids love the Fruit page and Bean page the most so they can create art projects that they can save to the photo gallery and email to the grandparents.
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