Friday, September 30, 2005

Blast off to the Planet Power!

Gee I was trying to teach kids the food pyramid with a low tech card game! My humble efforts have been totally eclipsed by the mighty United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Check out the “My Pyramid Blast Off” interactive game available free from the USDA. It is designed to inform 6-11 year olds about the government’s new guide to eating right called the food pyramid for kids. The game premise is that players must load a rocket ship with the right combination of healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, low fat milk, whole grains, etc., to serve as fuel for the ship. If the ship is loaded with too much fuel or the wrong mix of fuel, it will be unable to blast off to Planet Power. It will be interesting to find out how effective this approach turns out to be. I am trying to imagine a 6 year old demanding broccoli for his or her rocket ship!

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