# Mini-Guide: Fizzy’s Lunch Lab: Fresh Pick

### LQ: 8.7

Fun score: 8.4

Game Type: ESRB Rating: Everyone Platform/Console: , LWK Recommended Age: 6–8 Thinking Skills Used: Academic Skills Used:

Fizzy’s Lunch Lab: Fresh Pick (also called Fresh Pick) was developed by PBS for the television show Fizzy’s Lunch Lab. Professor Fizzy is looking for the next Lunch Labber, and he’ll use his 8 math-based games to figure out if your child is ready to take the job.

Fresh Pick is geared for children 6-8 and features the following skills: deductive reasoning, mapping, and sorting and classifying. All the math games it contains also have to do with food (such as counting out change to pay for groceries). The game is also “self-leveling” to make the challenges more specific to each user.

Fresh Pick is free to download and available on several platforms. The ESRB gives it an E for Everyone rating. While there is no objectionable content, LW4K recommends it for ages 6-8 due to the math skills required.

Fizzy's Lunch Lab: Fresh Pick helps kids practice and improve the following skills:

### Planning

Developing a systematic approach for setting and achieving goals.

Since Fresh Pick is a math-based game, that means that it provides the perfect opportunity to practice problem solving. As with any math problem, if the player jumps right in to trying to guess the answer--rather than thinking about it and planning out the best approach--they will be wrong more often than they are right. To encourage players to take their time and use their problem solving skills, each game has a chance to earn a 1 to 3 star rating. The better the player does in a game, the higher their rating.

### Mathematics

Fresh Pick is all about math skills: adding up coins to pay grocery bills, selecting the right quantity of food to fit a budget, mapping out the best route for a delivery, shapes, and even following directions (such as above and to the right) in order to select the right canned goods. No matter which game the user chooses, they will be getting a chance to practice and improve one of their math skills.