A Fun Nutrition Mobile App for Kids

Read the script here – Catch the Carrot Video Script

This week I evaluated some nutrition mobile apps for my computer class and I came across Catch the Carrot, available free of charge at iTunes and google play store. You must take a look at this app.

The game’s target audience is children between the ages of 6 and 8, but it’s so entertaining and engaging that teens and adults will enjoy it too. I spent quite a bit of time playing, and my 9 and 12 years old kids did too!

The purpose of the app is to teach basic food and nutrition concepts.  You can use it on an iPhone, iPod, and iPad.

This new University of Illinois Extension app has multiple-choice trivia questions, read aloud for children to follow. Each correct answer releases a falling food that you must quickly attempt to catch with your shopping cart. The more food you put in your cart the more points you get. But moving too fast or stacking food too high will make your items tumble out.   You double tap on your cart to empty it out and get points.

The game has 19 levels and hundreds of questions.   You must master a level before you can move on to the next.

I recommend this game because it covers many nutrition topics such as food groups, food sources of nutrients, nutrients functions in the body, it doesn’t advertise or promote any products, it is fun, and nutrition educators developed it.

Check it out at https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/catch-the-carrot/id763940502?mt=8  or at https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=edu.illinois.ewd.uie.CatchtheCarrot

Have fun!

About Nutrition Counseling

I have been working with youth, adults, and families for over 18 years. I received my Master’s degree in Nutrition Education from Framingham State University. My work has been in a variety of settings including an outpatient setting were I worked for the Supplemental Food Program for Women, Infant and Children, counseling clients at several private medical offices, working with adolescents with eating disorders, and adult patients with heart disease and weight management in hospitals. I completed a Certificate of Training in Adult Weight Management from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics and training on Motivational Interviewing. I am a Massachusetts and New Hampshire State licensed Registered Dietitian and a member of the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.
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