App Description: This is a comprehensive kitchen app for parents and children with a detailed list of recipes, how-to videos, nutrition information, cooking tips, articles and two fun games to nurture good eating habits and understanding of different foods. There are two games in the app: Space Picnic and Berwyn’s Deli. We use the Space Picnic game more often in the museum. This game helps teach the food pyramid and develops math skills to pick the right proportion of food groups in a meal. The player has to pick and drag the required amount of different food groups such as grains, fruits, dairy, meats, beans and vegetables in the right containers of the space shuttle. The required food proportion for the space crew is always communicated by the captain.
How We Use It: At the Children’s Museum of Houston, we use this app in the Kidtropolis, USA Niko Niko Diner area. The facilitators use the Food Pyramid in the Space Picnic game to identify essential food groups. Then, they encourage the children to find the different food groups in the Kidtropolis diner and prepare a plate with one of each essential food group. The facilitators also use the food pyramid in the app as visual to talk about which foods are essential to our daily diet. They challenge children to use pretend foods in the diner or using as a scavenger hunt to find foods from essential food groups. Lastly, the facilitators also use this app in the Power Science Lab in PowerPlay whenever we have activities related to nutrition and healthy eating habits.