Foodeeze - review
By Andy, Claire and Charlie (age 5) Paye
for What To Do With The Kids
The one lesson about health I remember from school is that we are supposed to get out of breath once a day. I don’t remember ever looking at the health value of a beefburger. The Foodeeze game puts burgers, along with milk, chicken and water under the health spotlight. It is a fun, memorable and multi-purpose way to learn about food and nutrition. It is an absolute gift for teachers as children can learn how healthy different foods are, along with ideas of how to use them in recipes.
The game is a pack of cards featuring different foods such as Barney Banana, Carlos Cornflakes and Chantal Cheese. Each food has a health value from 1 to 10 (Chantal Cheese is 4, Barney Banana is 8). It is described in 4 ways – ‘I am creamy, I can be smelly, I am soft or hard, I make bones stronger’. It also has some fun facts, such as ‘I come from a cow’ and ‘I’m yummy on jacket potatoes’.
There are two ways of playing: either as top trumps where the owner of the card with the highest health value collects all the cards in that round, or as a guessing game, whereby people have to guess the food from the description. There are lots of other ideas for games on the website, including the holy grail of lesson plans. The game was developed by a primary school teacher who noticed that what children ate for lunch made a difference to how they behaved in the afternoon.
Although this game is primarily aimed at classroom use for Key Stage 1 (5-7 year olds), with another one on the way for Key Stage 2 on the way, we had fun playing it at home and soon developed our own game, which was to add up the health value of everything on our plates, with whoever had eaten the most healthy items winning. However, I felt this was putting some pressure on me as the chef so we haven’t played it that often. But it’s in my armoury as an additional tool to encourage my children to eat their dinner.
The great advantage of the game is to educate children about their food, and, in this era of the sugar demon, to inform them about how healthy their meals are. It’s a fantastic resource for primary school teachers. Which child wouldn’t enjoy a chance to play games during class?