It is less than a month until school resumes here in Texas and food allergy parents everywhere are scrambling to fill out school forms, secure proper prescription medications, and prepare their children for going to school with food allergies. And I’m one of them!
One of the things I hear parents say they struggle with is how to educate their children’s classmates and friends about their allergies.
Many parents opt for donating books to their child’s classroom. One of my favorites is Nutley, The Nut-Free Squirrel by Stephanie Sorkin! It is a great addition for any school library or classroom.
Want to take it a step further?
In this increasingly technological world, wouldn’t it also be great to have access to technology that could educate classmates and friends about food allergies? Turns out, there’s an app for that!
Wizdy Games now offers a FREE app called Wizdy Diner that is perfect for creating awareness of food allergies among children.
The game is set up like a space diner in which you can choose what foods to serve. The player seats alien customers, takes orders, serves up dinners, and collects payment.
Some customers will have food allergies that the player must accommodate. The goal is to serve as many customers as possible in a timely and safe manner.
The player earns points for successfully serving customers and can use those points to redecorate and personalize their diner.
The game also features some fantastic learning challenges that earn the player extra points. One of my favorites is the Epi game which teaches the player how to correctly administer epinephrine.
If the player accidentally serves an alien customer food that contains their allergen, the player then follows the prompts to alert for help and administer epinephrine. The affected alien generally coughs and shows evidence of hives until help arrives and whisks the patient away for medical attention. The error will cost the player points, but continuing to play the game earns the player more points and should increase their knowledge about allergens so they don’t make the same mistake again.
This is a fantastic space-based food allergy awareness game that is perfect for creating awareness among young children. And it’s FREE…so don’t delay and download Wizdy Diner today!!!
In fact, if you love it, be sure to mention it to you child’s teacher and school staff so that they can incorporate it into the school setting.
Education is the key to creating understanding about food allergies. So go ahead, be a part of the movement and pay it forward by telling your family, friends, and school about these great tools that might just save lives!