Zoo Feeder: Telehealth Activity

I’ve been searching for years to find a telehealth version of Hungry Hungry Hippos that can be played for free via web browser. I feel like it has to be possible for someone who knows more about computers than I do – basically something like this game, where each player controls their hippo with one button. So far, my search has been unsuccessful.

a hippopotamus yawning
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Recently, I mentioned my predicament during a presentation, and a participant recommended Zoo Feeder. It’s a game where you try to load as many watermelons into a hippo’s mouth as you can, so similar in concept to Hungry Hungry Hippos.

This is a one-player game, but if you and your client play simultaneously on your devices, you can compete to see who collects the most watermelons! You have to gather a minimum number on each level to progress, and the levels get more challenging over time. Sometimes you have to gather the watermelons while avoiding garbage.

It’s not quite the same as Hungry Hungry Hippos, but while I wait for whoever makes internet games to drop whatever other projects they have and just do whatever I want all the time, it will work.

Like Hungry Hungry Hippos, Zoo Feeder involves focus and quick thinking. It can be frustrating, requiring you to regulate your emotions in real time. And if you and your client play simultaneously, there is a competitive component to it that kids enjoy.

Also, if you know of a free, desktop Hungry Hungry Hippos game, LET ME KNOW!

Published by Dr Marschall

Dr. Amy Marschall received her Psy.D. from the University of Hartford in September 2015. She completed her internship at the National Psychology Training Consortium with specializations in assessment and rural mental health. Currently, she specializes in trauma-informed and neurodiversity-affirming care, and she is certified in telemental health. Dr. Marschall runs a private practice, RMH Therapy, where she provides individual and family therapy as well as psychological assessments across the lifespan. Dr. Amy Marschall is an author and professional speaker.

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