'Healthy' Educational Games for Kids

Play is the answer to how anything new comes about for kids – and the phrase ‘anything new’ could come to include literally anything to do with learning as well. And gaming experts are going to great lengths in order to teach kids about their own health and well-being, albeit in enjoyable way – by means of a game, of course.

Leave alone educational games that cater to create a better understanding of merely school subjects. Now is the era of mobile games and apps that aim to improve healthier lifestyle amongst kids. For instance, Wizdy Pets is an app geared towards kids who suffer from asthma. This one is just like any other virtual pet games for kids in which young users are entrusted with the responsibility of caring for a cute pet dragon. The catch? This one is not one of those dragons in everyday games that can breathe fire and destroy his opponents in the blink of an eye. The reason – the little guy has asthma. And thus, he needs to be looked after and his breathing kept in check. What’s more, the pet dragon even has an almost real inhaler that he needs to take at regular intervals to keep hale and hearty!

A brilliant gaming idea for kids with asthma, I must say. And as the news goes, next on the cards is another ‘healthy’ mobile app game meant for kids, centered on food allergies.

The extensive use of app and gaming technology in the present is revolutionizing the way we look at health care delivery on the whole. The saying goes – ‘If you want to change the mind-set of a people, catch them young’. And that’s exactly what educational gaming companies are looking to do these days; catching kids at a time in their lives when they are still in the process of developing behavior which they are likely to keep with them for the rest of their lives.

Another name which is doing very well in enlightening kids about the health and nutrition section is the Nourish Interactive website. It has fun printables and worksheets for kids, articles and tips for parents on kids’ nutrition as well as fun educational games for kids, such as ‘Avoid the Junk Food’ game.

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Cartoon, Kids, Children” by Prawny is licensed under CC by 2.0

Scrub Club is an additional website which I found fascinating in this context. As the name goes, it’s all about a quirky set of colorful characters who talk about the importance of washing hands before meals and keeping clean in general. There are heroes and then there are villains in the game too (read: harmful bacteria). Basically kids get to learn how to do away with the ‘bad germs’ and take precautions when need be, for example from the flu.

Healthy living is all about one continuous cycle – keeping clean, eating better, exercising often, feeling good and thinking positive. And if something as simple and gratifying for kids as video games can do the trick, nothing like it!
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