Parents' Guide to

Free Rice

By Elizabeth Crane, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Learning and ending hunger, a few grains of rice at a time.

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age 8+

Based on 14 parent reviews

age 7+
The game is so and so, not so fun for kids…but the graphics is ridiculous … I hope no one was paid to do it!
age 18+

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (14):
Kids say (60):

The site's stated goals make it plain. Free Rice exists to provide free education and help end world hunger. Period. Somehow they manage to make it fun in the process. Kids like the game format and respond well to the challenge of improving their scores. Parents will want to play it themselves for the mental stimulation. And all the while, every correct answer drops another ten grains of rice into some hungry person's bowl.

Interestingly, the site's FAQ does more than answer typical questions. It presents issues that might be raised about hunger, about the nature of learning, and why the site even exists. The sponsors who pay for the donated rice are listed and linked to, and questions that a thoughtful adolescent might ask -- like how much rice does it take to feed a person for a day -- are addressed. There's more to chew on here than just rice. At the time of this review, Free Rice had donated over 96 billion grains of rice -- and improved the minds of countless people along the way.

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