Here’s a site that teaches kids about food and fitness through videos, games, music, healthy eating tips, and easy-to-follow recipes. My five-year-old loves food and physical activity, so we had lots of fun playing PBS Kids Fizzy’s Lunch Lab. At one point, he even got up from the computer and started dancing! How many computer games can do that?
Navigating to Professor Fizzy’s Lunch Lab…
Professor Fizzy’s Lunch Lab can be accessed via KidZui’s free web browser. You will need to go to PBS Kids first, click on All Games, and then go to Everything PBS Kids. That’s where you will find Fizzy’s Lunch Lab, which is a web-only series. Professor Fizzy and friends are all about being proactive and working together for good nutrition and healthy living, battling bad food and unhealthy choices, led by Fast Food Freddy.
On the site, you and your child will find monthly food or nutrition themes, animated videos, music, games, and food recipes.
Lunch Lab Games and Activities
One of our favorite games is Super Market Mania, which is like a virtual board game. As you move along the board (which is the supermarket) by clicking the ticket dispenser instead of rolling dice, you answer questions and accumulate ingredients. Some of the questions require reading nutrition labels, so adult assistance may be needed. Watch out for Freddy’s junk food seeking nephew, who tries to catch up with you to end your game.
Another fun game is Hard Boiled, a food-themed game show hosted by Professor Fizzy. Here, you answer a series of multiple choice questions in order to get to the intense Boiling Point Round. You can play this game against a computer opponent or you can compete with your child, as you can choose up to two players. The “hot potato” key allows you to force your opponent to answer the question. The questions are read aloud, allowing younger players to compete.
Dance Along with Mixie’s Boogie Buffet
My son surprised me when he got up out of his seat and started dancing along with the computer. Later on, I found out that the game actually asks you to get out of your seat and clear some space in order to dance along with all of the characters. Your child will learn moves such as the Salad Spinner, Disco Stew, Slice ‘n Dice, the Milk Shaker, the Rolling Pin, etc. You could either follow along and mirror their sequence of dance moves, or your child could customize the moves that they enjoy the most. It was great watching my son get a mini workout as he danced along with Mixie’s Booggie Buffet.
Cook It Up with Recipes from the Lunch Lab
On this site, you’ll also find simple and easy-to-follow recipes that are available for printing or download. On the printout or download, you get a shopping list, things you will need, directions, and a nutrition label. Some of the recipes include Apple Crepes, Roasted Butternut Squash Soup, Pita Party Pizzas, and a Berry Boost Smoothie. Yummy!
For Parents and Teachers
The Lunch Lab’s advisory board includes dietitians, a food advisor, a university educator, and a specialist in diabetes and metabolic diseases. On the parents and teachers pages, you’ll find more information on the Lunch Lab series, lesson plans, and educational goals.
Please feel free to share and comment about you and your child’s reactions after playing with Fizzy’s Lunch Lab.
Renny Fong has been an educator for over 15 years, teaching pre-kindergarten through fifth grade; he currently teaches technology. His wife and his five-year-old son are his biggest joy and inspiration. He started his blog, TimeOutDad, in September 2009 and has been a contributor to Book Dads and Rice Daddies since 2010.