Nourish Interactive

Common Sense Media says

Fun games on pro-nutrition site, needs some updates.

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Positive messages

Learning about nutrition and eating nutritious foods can be fun and understandable for kids.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

They do not allow advertising in the kids' section of the website, but there are ads on the main pages and there is a small online store. All food choices in the games are unbranded.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

For access to all the site's features, you need to sign up for a free parent account with your first and last name, email, state, and zip code. You can also create "child accounts" for individual children to keep track of game progress. The site says it does not sell, rent, or lease its customer list to third parties, and it complies with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act. There are no chat areas or messaging capabilities.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this nutrition information and game site for kids has quite a few fun games for kids to play and learn about healthy food, but it's not up-to-date in some ways. For example, the food pyramid should be replaced with the MyPlate system -- which is highlighted in one newer game. Kids can play games where they can learn where their food comes from, how to make healthy balanced meals, and the importance of exercise. The additional 7-level adventure game that requires a parent to sign-up wasn't working at the time of this review.  In addition to the kids' activities, there are sections for parents and health educators, and a newsletter.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • vocabulary

Math

  • fractions
  • ratio

Skills

Creativity

  • combining knowledge
  • making new creations

Health & Fitness

  • balanced diet
  • body awareness
  • fitness

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Even though the games here, like a crossword puzzle and a maze, are basic, the site can be a fun, effective tool for teaching kids about nutrition.

Learning Approach

Kids learn through a variety of online games, developed by nurses and dieticians. The age range of the games varies from pre-K through elementary school, so parents or teachers may need to help kids choose age-appropriate games.

Support

In addition to the kids' activities, there are sections for parents and health educators, and a newsletter.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • following directions
  • vocabulary

Math

  • fractions
  • ratio

Skills

Creativity

  • combining knowledge
  • making new creations

Health & Fitness

  • balanced diet
  • body awareness
  • fitness

Kids can learn what a healthy diet includes, as well as vocabulary related to nutrition and cooking. In the recipe-related activities, kids learn practical application of fractions and ratios. This site also has games that help kids learn to read food labels, as well as become more aware of their body's health and fitness needs. Unfortunately, many of the games are rather static and may look out-of-date to kids who are used to more visually action-packed sites. Nourish Interactive can teach kids some real-world nutrition problem solving -- if they get past the less interactive games. 

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

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What's it about?

Kids enter the land of Solusville and get to pick from different areas on a map for fun activities. In the Grocery Store kids can learn how to read a nutrition label, and in the library there are word searches and crossword puzzle games.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Even though the games here, like a crossword puzzle and a maze, are basic, the site can be a fun, effective tool for teaching kids about nutrition. But it currently needs some TLC in the form of updates and making sure all components work. Some exercise "games" are just demonstrations of what kids can do when they're outside (jump rope, stretching) but there is little to no interaction.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about how learning about healthy food can equip them to make the best choices.

  • Read Common Sense Media's Junk Food Ads Tips to learn more about why parents may need to help balance the information their kids are getting about food in the media with healthy information choices like this site.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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