Our bodies--both adults and kids--need nutritious foods, plenty of sleep and exercise to stay healthy. In addition, it is in everyone's best interest to follow rules of safety. Keeping our bodies healthy will help keep our minds alert to keep us safe. One way to educate kids about the importance of health and safety is through games and there are many such games available for free on the Internet.
With the wide variety of unhealthy prepackaged foods available, parents may be tempted to throw them in for a quick packed lunch and kids may be enticed by the pretty packaging. What's inside, however, is often lacking in nutrition.
With this online game from Playnormous, kids can prepare a school lunch by choosing from a large selection of foods, some healthier than others. They'll need to select either two fruits or two vegetables for each child's tray before they get to the Monster Lunch Lady. They may start by selecting the "easy" mode (which is still challenging). Each mode has multiple levels, and children progress by completing levels. The faster they fill the trays up correctly, the more "Power Ups" (points) they'll earn. At the end of the level, they'll see how much healthy and unhealthy food was thrown away as well as how many trays they filled correctly. They may also trash unhealthy foods to make room for more healthy foods, increasing their chances of filling trays correctly.
Time For Bed?
School-aged children need about 10 hours of sleep each night, according to Steven Dowshen, a medical doctor with Kids Health from Nemours.
With this online game, kids will choose which animal or person requires more sleep. For instance, they may be shown a lion and a child and have to select who needs more (in this case, the lion). As they move through this activity, they'll learn interesting facts related to how much sleep children need and what sleep does for their bodies. Kids may think parents send them to bed early or that they get too much sleep, but they might be surprised to learn that they actually get a small amount compared to several animals.
Between 1999 and 2008, there were close to 400,000 residential fires each year, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. As a result, nearly 3,000 individuals lost their lives while over 14,000 were injured. It is important that all family members understand the dangers of fire as well as potential fire hazards.
This online game from the U.S. Fire Administration shows a room loaded with fire hazards. Kids must look around the room and select each hazard. When they do, they'll see a pop-up which explains why the item is a hazard. This game may inspire children to check their own homes for any potential fire hazards.
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