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Nourish Interactive is a child-friendly, fun filled website with games, posters, activities and more for children, all with a healthy-eating vibe. Whilst its information might not always be as scientific or in depth as you’ll find elsewhere, it does have sections for parents and teachers. Its main aim is to get kids excited about healthy eating, and help them to track their progress.
There are many fun tools to try out on NourishmentInteractive. But first, let’s have a look at what’s available for the adults. The Parents' section of the website offers family nutrition tips and tools, as well as a variety of recipes. Here, you’ll find a more detailed breakdown of nutritional values in food, with kids in mind. There is also advice from professional dieticians who focus on child development, which is really useful. We would, however, like to see the Parents' section made a little more adult-focused as we found ourselves being redirected to some of the kids’ tools, which weren’t particularly useful to anyone hoping to seriously plan out their meals.
The teacher’s section will be a great resource for home economics teachers or general primary school or elementary school teachers. All of the information is available in English or Spanish, which is ideal if you want to do a Spanish-themed session or wish to engage students in cross curricular activities between the language and food economics departments.
Within the teacher’s section, you’ll find interactive nutrition tools, links to send to parents, children’s games and messages. All of this comes with free lesson plans, reducing your workload significantly. You don’t even need a computer lab to use all of this as there are free printable worksheets which you can print and photocopy. The site outlines how to use these resources with kids and parents too.
Of course, the most fun can be found in the kid’s section. Here, you’ll find a wide selection of games including farm games, grocery buying games, meal games, word games and more. There are also arts and crafts activities, plus stories and playground activities. It’s worth parents and teachers looking here to see which parts they feel their kids would enjoy.
Chef Solus is a new feature to the site but is one of the most engaging. Kids can play a variety of meal games to help Kevin and Ashley work out how to cook healthy goods based on the different food groups. This helps children to learn about healthy food choices, and how to make them.
Not everything on the site is free, although the majority of it is. You may have to pay for posters, which are primarily for the classroom. You’ll need a decent printer to make this worthwhile, otherwise we’d recommend paying the extra to have a printed copy delivered to you.
We’d also prefer the site to have a little more flexibility in terms of adding favorite foods to menus, producing shopping lists and monitoring your nutritional intake automatically. However, these slightly weaker areas are to be expected, since this is a website to encourage children to eat healthily. Still, we’re glad to see articles and tips from well regarded dieticians with suitable academic backgrounds.
If you’re looking for some fun activities to help promote healthy eating with your kids, NourishInteractive.com is certainly a good place to visit. Whilst its tracking tools are a little simplistic, it is successful in its aims and we feel that kids will have a fun time using some of the tools and activities on offer. What’s more, the vast majority of the resources and games are free, so there’s nothing to lose by checking it out!
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