Let’s talk about apps.
Many of us use apps on our smartphones and other electronics so we are familiar with what they are. For those who may be new to the app world, an app is short for application that allows you to expand on what your phone or computer can already do.
Because children are becoming more “tech savvy”, apps are a great way to introduce good nutrition and healthy habits in your children through educational gaming. For the purposes of this blog I will introduce you to some cooking apps that can help engage children in the kitchen virtually.
To get your family started:
1.) Easy Eater II: Teaches food groups and food identification for kids ages 5-8. The object of the game is to feed your pet with foods you would eat to learn what foods are healthy and which are not. Can be a multiplayer game. This game is 0.99 cents at the app store and is rated 4 1/2 stars. IOS version 6 is needed and can be used for the IPad, IPhone, and IPod touch.
2.) Eat and Move O’Matic: Explains the connection between food and exercise by demonstrating how long it takes to burn the energy taken in. This game was developed for kids ages 9-11 years old, is rated 4 1/2 stars, and is free at the app store. It can be used for the IPad, IPhone, and IPod touch. Requires IOS 4.3.
3.) Kid’s E-cook: From i-gameMom website this app engages children in a virtual kitchen. The app is a step by step tutorial on cooking simple recipes both entrees and deserts. Available on iPad or iPhone. Requires IOS 4.3. It costs 1.99. The app doesn’t have many recipes, but it is a good start. It was rated 4 1/2 stars.
4.) My Little Cook: Also a recipe based app it can be used to help children find their way around a kitchen. Allows kids to think about what they eat and why food is appealing. There are two versions a baking app and a snack app. Best for older children. It’s rated five stars, but is the most expensive at $3.71.
4.) Perfect Picnic: Allows kids to learn about food safety through building their own picnic park. The object of the game is to keep visitors happy. It was developed for the IPad or IPhone with IOS 6.1 or higher. Rated 4 1/2 stars. This app is for free.
This is just a sampling of apps you could try, plus there are more apps for parents as well as for kids. Remember to research the app before you try it to make sure it provides accurate information.