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Nourish Interactive

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

What parents need to know

Educational value

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 Unfortunately, many of the games are rather static and may look out-of-date to kids who are used to more visually action-packed sites.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. 

Positive messages

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

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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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
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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.

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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

Subjects:Language & Reading: following directions, vocabulary
Math: fractions, ratio
Skills:Health & Fitness: balanced diet, body awareness, fitness
Creativity: combining knowledge, making new creations
Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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