Health and Medical Library: Games for Kids!
Education is an important part of our development; in fact, students are usually expected to attend school for at least ten years to ensure that they have mastered the basics necessary to make it through a lifetime. While there are a number of methods in which students can obtain knowledge and education, research suggests that games are one of the most effective. Games, quizzes, and online tutorials are especially beneficial for students who have a difficult time mastering more traditional forms of education. Students who wish to learn more about how games can be a productive manner of increasing personal knowledge may want to consult with an expert in the field.
Food and Nutrition
- Food Flight (Nemours Foundation)—Designed to help kids differentiate between healthy and unhealthy foods.
- Sid the Science Kid (PBS kids)—Provides information about the difference between various types of vegetables.
- Halloween Candy Game (Kid’s Health)—Helps kids understand how quickly calories can add up.
- Chicken Farm Game (Nobel Foundation)—Describes why we need vitamin B1 and what foods it is found in.
- Building Blocks: Children (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Services)—Information about healthy snacks for kids.
- Fish Kids (Environmental Protection Agency)—Talks about the importance of including fish in a healthy diet, and selecting the best sources of seafood.
Exercise and Physical Activity
- Nutrition and Exercise (Children’s Health Education Center)—Teaches kids about the importance about balancing physical activity with healthy eating.
- Quintricious (Fuel Up to Play 60)—Requires kids to categorize foods according to their respective food group.
- About Your Teeth (Scholastic)—Teaches about the differences between baby and adult teeth, and their respective care.
- Let’s Raid the Kitchen! (American Dental Hygienists’’ Association)—Differences between foods that are healthy and not healthy for teeth.
- To Tell the Tooth (American Dental Association)—Games about tooth health and maintenance.
- Mouth Power (Dr. Samuel D. Harris National Museum of Dentistry)—Teaches kids how to brush their teeth, and discusses the importance of following a healthy diet and avoiding tobacco.
Anatomy and Physiology
- Blood Type Game (American Red Cross)—Helps kids identify their specific blood type and understand why it is important.
- Best Bones Forever (Department of Health and Human Services, Office on Women’s Health)—Specifically designed for girls, to promote the development of healthy and strong bones.
- Vascular Health Activity Book (Society for Vascular Surgery)—Matching and other word games related to vascular health.
- Braille Bug Games (American Foundation for the Blind)—Trivia related to bugs and insects, for the blind.
- Body Parts (National Museum of American History)—Anatomical quizzes that help students identify the different parts of the body.
- Kids Skin Health (American Academy of Dermatology)—Teaches kids about skin, hair, and nails, and why maintaining their health is important.
- Michael’s Inside Scoop: Genetics (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention)—Discusses the basics of genetics and why they are important.
- See All You Can See: Eye Safety (National Eye Institute)—Information about maintaining healthy eyes and eyesight.
- Play the Electrocardiogram Game (Nobel Foundation)—Teaches about the way in which heart rhythms are identified and diagnosed.
- Ear Pages (Nobel Foundation)—Discusses anatomy of the ear and the ways in which we interpret sound.
- Sleep for Kids (National Sleep Foundation)—Teaches kids why sleep is important, how to get better sleep, and how much sleep is needed.
- Play the Mosquito Game (Nobel Foundation)—Talks about malaria, its signs and symptoms.
- The Immune System (Nobel Foundation)—Teaches kids about the different parts of the immune system and how they function.
- Food Detectives Fight Bac (Partnership for Food Safety Education)—Provides information on the prevention of food contamination by bacteria.
- Stinging Insect Matching Game (American Academy of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology)—Matching game that teaches kids about the different type of dangerous insects.
- Play the Tuberculosis Game (Nobel Foundation)—Talks about tuberculosis, how it is diagnosed and treated.
- Interactive Safety Quizzes (National Center for Missing and Exploited Children)—Quizzes designed to teach kids about everyday safety and avoid possible abduction.
- Scrub Club (NSF International)—Games designed to teach kids about the prevention of illness and stopping the spread of germs.
Drugs and Alcohol
- Sara’s Quest (National Institute on Drug Abuse)—Discusses the effects on illegal drugs on children’s health and their developing bodies.
- The Young Teen’s Page for Info on Alcohol and Resisting Peer Pressure (US Department of Health and Human Services)—Teaches kids about the dangers of alcohol use and abuse.