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Best apps for kids for learning healthy eating habits.


Great educational apps for children for developing healthy eating habits. Sometimes it's difficult to avoid sweets and fast food so it's very important to teach kids about good, healthy diet and fight with bad eating habits. Kids can learn about different fruits and vegetables, vitamins, nutrition etc. through interactive play. Below we present the best and most educational apps containing fun entertaining games and engaging activities.

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Yummiloo

Yummiloo
by NightAndDayStudios

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Overall Score: 100/100

version reviewed: 1.0.0

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Best for: Education, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Understanding of the world
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What it is: a simple game teaching the names of colors, fruit and vegetables.

What you do with it: listen to the instructions and place (by tapping or dragging, depending on the play mode) fruit and vegetables in the food cart. Place the rotten plants in the compost bin. Feed one of the characters with as much fruit and vegetables as possible during in the 'snack attack' mode.

What we liked: the concept. Excellent illustrations and animations. Fun factor. Spoken instructions. Ease of use (including 2 play modes). Sounds and sound backgrounds. No distracting elements. Good educational value (including promotion of healthy diet). Overall look and feel of the app.

What we didn't like: the stages require too much time to complete (some kids may get bored before they fill up the cart). We didn't like the' snack attack' feature too much (too random, may be too fast-paced for some kids). The progress of the game is not saved.

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The Prisoner of Carrot Castle

The Prisoner of Carrot Castle
by Purple Carrot Books

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Overall Score: 94/100

version reviewed: 1.1

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Early literacy, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Language, Personal & social, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: a story about a boy who doesn't like to eat vegetables, finds himself in the Carrot Castle and tries to find his way out. Written by Chris Pedersen, illustrated by Kate Jeong.

What you do with it: listen to the narration or read the book yourself. Touch objects on the pages for interaction (simple animations and sounds).
There are 3 simple puzzles (about 6 pieces each) included in the app.

What we liked: the story (with 'educational' twist - promoting eating vegetables), nice illustrations, interactive elements complementing the story, sounds and sound backgrounds.

What we didn't like: we wish there were more interactions and animations. Text layout is not 'young reader friendly' (small font, large blocks of text). The extra activities (puzzles) may be not too engaging for the target age group.

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Big Block Party

Big Block Party
by Sesame Workshop

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Overall Score: 89/100

version reviewed: 1.0.0.0

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Best for: Interactive books, Attention & concentration, Creativity, Interaction, Personal & social, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: an interactive story with Elmo and his friends from Sesame Street.

What you do with it: listen to the story (or read it by yourself, with the narrator turned off). Swipe to turn the page. Touch the text to zoom it. Tap on Elmo to hear what he says on each page (he asks questions related to the story, comments or just laughes/dances). There are 10 recipes related to the story (of course to prepare with parental assistance) at the end of book.

What we liked: the illustrations, high quality narration, nice engaging story and funny likeable characters, smart promotion of healthy eating habits and social skills (e.g. helping each other), extra content (recipes from the story and Elmo's questions), tips for parents (how to enhance the experience with the story). You can easily access any page of the book from the menu. After quitting the app will start from the page which you ended up with. Elmo's laugh! (it's very catching).

What we didn't like: only a few interactive elements (with Elmo), no animations. The text is not highlighted while reading (not very educational as for reading/early literacy skills). The recipes could be also read aloud.

General notes about our book reviews: although when reviewing books, we try not to review the story itself, the general impressions will be reflected in the Overall Score.

The Age Range assigned to books will be usually broader compared to other apps, as they can be useful for both younger (with parent/narrator reading) or older (reading on their own) kids.

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Awesome Eats™

Awesome Eats™
by Whole Kids Foundation

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Overall Score: 59/100

version reviewed: 1.0

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Best for: Games, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: a sorting game promoting healthy eating habits.

What you do with it: try to sort vegetables, fruits and grains moving on 3 conveyor belts and avoid obstacles. Get extra points and bonuses for stacking items together, shooing birds away etc. As you progress the levels (there are 32 in the game) get more and more difficult.

What we liked: the concept (promotion of healthy eating through a game), funny graphics and sound effects. Healthy eating tips and instructions displayed before each level. The game is very well put together and fun to play.

What we didn't like: the game may be too fast paced for younger kids. The tips and instructions are text only (no audio) therefore we recommend parental assistance.

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Nutrition and Healthy Eating ! Educational games to teach kids in Preschool and Kindergarten about food and a balanced diet by i Learn With

Nutrition and Healthy Eating ! Educational games to teach kids in Preschool and Kindergarten about food and a balanced diet by i Learn With
by i Learn With

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Overall Score: 55/100

version reviewed: 1.0.1

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What it is: a set of activities for teaching the kids about healthy food. 3 levels of difficulty for each activity.

What you do with it: the activities include:

- Feed the Bears (healthy foods) - identify edible foods and food groups

- Cook Magic Potion (food groups) - sort foods into food groups (e.g. grains, dairy, vegetables and fruit, meat and proteins etc)

- Prepare the Penguins Birthday Feast (healthy meals) - 'composing' a meal from ingredients belonging to different food groups

The progress in each game can be tracked separately for each user of the app (requires registration).

What we liked: the concept (introducing kids to the healthy eating subject). Ease of use. Spoken instructions and clues. Extensive stats/progress tracking.

What we didn't like: little variety in the activities (can quickly become repetitive). We wish there were more foods (and more educational info about them). Could be more inspiring visually (some of the foods are difficult to recognize). Difficult to understand reward system with links to other apps.

Note about the in-app purchases: please note our review and score are based on the full (unlocked) version of the app.

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Yum Num's Galaxy

Yum Num's Galaxy
by Goodhustle Studios

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Overall Score: 43/100

version reviewed: 1.1.1

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Best for: Games, Attention & concentration, Eye-hand coordination, Interaction, Personal & social, Thinking & problem solving, Understanding of the world

What it is: a simple game promoting healthy eating and teaching food-related vocabulary (contains about 11 recipes: e.g.: salad, apple oatmeal, grilled cheese etc.).

What you do with it: learn about the ingredients for specific dishes by 'hunting' for them in a space-like environment and 'cooking' them in a 'space cooker'.

Alternatively you can browse the 'real' recipes included with the app.

What we liked: the concept (promotion of 'healthy' eating through a game-like experience), funny graphics and sound effects. Two modes of play (easier for younger kids and 'game' for older).

What we didn't like: very limited educational value (just 3 basic ingredients for each dish, no real preparation process explained, the dishes are not exactly 'healthy' - they are just presented as an alternative to 'fast food). The game itself is very simple (just 'shoot' at the objects, no real challenge). Only 11 recipes. The recipes are text only.

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