THE GAME OF LUNCH
As an exploration of the meaning of literacy, how to approach it and how to map it onto real-world concerns, a team comprising Erica Deahl, Julie Fisher, Jason Lipshin and I created a web-portal and game-based tool to teach aspects of childhood nutrition to caregivers and children. The project website includes a resource portal for caregivers, and a ‘kid-facing’ section that introduces the major interactive tool of the project, “The Game of Lunch.”
This offline card game, printable from the site, introduces concepts based on the My Plate standard of balanced nutrition and the Aggregate Nutritional Density Index (ANDI). Through game play featuring food categories (vegetables, fruits, grains, etc.), nutritional density, individual ingredients and recipe combinations, kids explore fundamental principles of healthy eating.
The website also features a photo-sharing section for players to post photos of actual snacks they’ve made based on the ingredients and recipes they encounter in the game.
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