What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
- following directions
- combining knowledge
- making new creations
Health & Fitness
- balanced diet
- body awareness
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
In addition to the kids' activities, there are sections for parents and health educators, and a newsletter.
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?
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.