What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Yummiloo Rainbow Power is a lively, colorful game that exposes kids to a variety of fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables and encourages them to "eat the rainbow." Since there is no save function, parents may need to encourage kids (or help younger ones) to play through all five colors before quitting so they can see the party at the end when the foods they've collected power the rainbow wheel and start the carnival.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- following directions
Health & Fitness
- balanced diet
- fine motor skills
Engagement, Approach, Support
Bright colors excite, and the tunes are catchy. The story and characters motivate kids to move through the challenges to help fuel the carnival.
The focus is on eating fruits and vegetables rather than a fully balanced diet, but kids will learn about the variety of fruits and vegetables and may be eager to try some new ones.
An intro video gives kids the back story while verbal instructions tell them clearly what to do. Incorrect choices are met with a reminder of the instructions.
What's it about?
A short movie introduces kids to the premise of YUMMILOO RAINBOW POWER. In a colorful world in a bit of grass, Rooty lives with other characters, but their carnival is not moving because it needs to be powered by the rainbow machine. It's empty and needs foods from all the colors of the rainbow to make it run. Kids are empowered to choose the color on the rainbow machine and then feed the characters foods of that particular color that they gather straight from the garden. Rooty has occasional "snack attacks" and needs to be fed lots of fruits and vegetables. Kids gather foods from five color groups (red; green; yellow and orange; blue and purple; brown and white) to power the rainbow and make the carnival come to life.
Is it any good?
Kids will enjoy the bright colors and catchy tunes, and parents will appreciate the positive message encouraging kids to eat wholesome foods in a variety of colors. The instructions and controls are easy for preschoolers to figure out, but the game is fun enough to appeal to young elementary aged kids as well. It'll take kids about 20 minutes to play through all five colors to see the carnival come to life, and there is no way to save an in-progress game.
Families can talk about...
Pick out some of the fruits and vegetables that may be new to your kid (like jicama or radicchio) together at the market and try them.
Talk about other food choices in a balanced diet -- like lean proteins and whole grains.