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Playnormous

Games help kids combat mixed messages about health.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The site is centered around educating kids about healthy eating habits and exercise methods. Games help kids practice choosing healthy food and proper exercise. The information is presented in a light-hearted way so kids look at healthy options as fun, not intimidating.

Violence
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Sex
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Language
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Consumerism

The site is funded through grants, so there are no ads or promotions. Although users will soon be able to create an account on the site, there are no plans to charge for use and all games and features are free.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that this site uses games to teach kids about good nutrition and exercise. Like a tasty meal that's packed with nutritious veggies, this site is disguised to look like simple fun, but is actually loaded with good-for-you information.

What's it about?

With childhood obesity and weight-related health problems reaching epidemic proportions, it's becoming increasingly important to teach kids how to make healthy choices. PLAYNORMOUS scraps the notion that nutrition education has to be bland. Competing with the flashy marketing of junk food companies, this Web site offers a full plate of health-themed games and animation that challenge visitors to make quick and easy healthy choices.

Is it any good?

QUALITY

Although playing on this site might not be as healthy as playing catch or tag outside, Playnormous does a good job of making an educational and healthy topic cool for kids. Using a hip, no-nonsense tone, the site presents games and health advice in a way that will genuinely appeal to kids so they don't feel like they are getting a lecture in what not to eat from their parents.

Playnormous is nicely designed to appeal to a wide range of ages with games offering different skill levels to match a player's ability. For example, older kids can explore animated 3D medical clips for an up-close look at body functions like how the heart pumps and digestion works.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about ways to make nutrition and exercise fun. The game Lunch Crunch challenges players to scramble to fill up lunch trays with healthy menu selections. Can you think of a way to play this game in real life? You can also talk about how to have a healthy lifestyle in the face of often conflicting media messages about health, food, and body image.

Website details

Genre:Educational
Pricing structure:Free

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Kid, 11 years old September 28, 2009

only for kids science.

Nice one. Hey kids and also try this website to score well in science.www.sciencescore.com
Adult Written byTheMelMonster April 14, 2009

A health games site that's actually fun!

I've seen a lot of sites that feature health games. Most are very boring, very cheesy, or look like they're from the 90s. Playnormous does it right. Their games are addicting and the site has amazing graphics. I think both kids and parents would enjoy this website, teachers too. I'm looking forward to seeing their food pyramid game.
Kid, 10 years old August 23, 2009

Babyish

I know that it is a good learning website but.......it is frankly quite BOREING!also i just dont think that there is anything to be excited about.......Im just a kid though, everyone has there own desicion and i just dont like the website
What other families should know
Educational value
Great messages