Fizzy's Lunch Lab Fresh Pick

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Fun math and health games lack the website's context.

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age 4+
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Educational Value

Kids can learn a variety of skills related to math and healthy eating. They'll learn about money by making change for customers or buying groceries on a budget. They can use deductive reasoning in dishing out food to the right restaurant customers. In other games they can practice mapping skills. However, games like the one using "positioning" vocabulary have questionable math value and seem a bit young for the target age range. With Fizzy's Lunch Lab Fresh Pick, kids can get practice with some math-related tasks, but its real learning value is a bit ambiguous.

Ease of Play

Games have thorough tutorials, and the design is clear and straightforward.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Fizzy's Lunch Lab Fresh Pick is a simulation of an elimination-based game show wherein the next "lunch labber" is chosen. Although it isn't actually explained in the app itself, the "Lunch Lab” is a group dedicated to helping kids make healthy eating choices. At the end of each of the eight math-themed challenges, a fictional contestant is booted off the show until the only remaining contestant is the player. The play experience revolves around a subtle theme of healthy eating.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byRonit S. October 2, 2016

good!

i think it helps
Adult Written byRecessGymClass2 November 25, 2016

Really cute.

I am an Elementary School teacher, I do this with my students a lot. I think it is cute. I like the animation, it is colorful, and the drawing is really great.... Continue reading

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What's it about?

FIZZY'S LUNCH LAB FRESH PICK is an offshoot of the website Fizzy's Lunch Lab. On an elimination-style game show, kids play eight challenges to earn prizes and eventually take their place as the next "lunch labber." In short video segments, Professor Fizzy introduces the competition. Kids can run up to three competitions at the same time. After completion of each challenge, kids earn points and prizes and can save their progress (although not if they exit mid-challenge).

Is it any good?

Fizzy's Lunch Lab Fresh Pick presents itself well: the game show premise is appealing, and production value is high. However, it works much better as a complement to the Fizzy’s Lunch Lab website than as a stand-alone app. Without the website's context, the healthy-eating theme a bit vague. Also, the math value in the games is a bit uneven. Making change and buying groceries on a budget both clearly address working with money. However, exploring vocabulary like "above" and "next to" seems a bit off-theme. Two of the "mapping" games are essentially identical and, thus, repetitive.

Sometimes the videos take on the negative tone typical of elimination-style game shows. Although some contestants are kicked off for clear reasons (like a girl who spends her money on bubble gum instead of healthy food), sometimes the reasons don't make as much sense (a girl gets eliminated for building a robot). This may confuse kids who're trying to follow the healthy-eating theme.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Talk with your kids about how to establish healthy eating habits.

  • Involve your kids when it's time to go grocery shopping; enlist their help in choosing healthy foods and staying on a budget.

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