Fizzy's Lunch Lab Fresh Pick

Common Sense Media says

Fun math and health games lack the website's context.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

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

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

The privacy policy isn't included in the app, but you can find it on the PBS Kids website. Kids don't have to register or enter any personal information to play. The app asks kids to enter a name for their game -- it can be their name or any other word they choose.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition
  • money

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • deduction
  • logic

Health & Fitness

  • balanced diet

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The high-quality design, an appealing premise, and fun games are likely to engage students. With eight games and the chance to get ever-higher scores, kids will want to keep playing.

Learning Approach

There's a subtle, underlying theme related to healthy foods, and the games touch vaguely on math concepts. However, what's really being learned is a bit ambiguous. Students may feel empowered as they earn prizes.

Support

Thorough tutorials and explanations precede each game. Wrong answers produce helpful feedback. As simply a companion to the website, the app is missing a lot of context that might help users understand what's happening.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • addition
  • money

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • deduction
  • logic

Health & Fitness

  • balanced diet

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Mieke VanderBorght

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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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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.

App details

Devices:iPad, Android, Kindle Fire
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Release date:November 20, 2012
Category:Educational Games
Size:196.00 MB
Publisher:PBS KIDS
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 4.0 or later; Android 2.2 and up

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