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Breakfast Scramble

Students get moving and dancing while learning a variety of healthy breakfast choices

Tags: nutrition activities, elementary school, additional activities

Description: Students hop in and out of a giant circle according to the healthy foods they hear.
Objective: Students will recognize a variety of healthy foods they can eat for breakfast.
Materials: Small bell, whistle, or breakfast-related noisemaker (e.g. spoon banging on a cereal bowl)
  1. Gather the students into a circle.
  2. Remind them that it is important to eat different kinds of healthy foods for breakfast, a variety of foods, because each one does something very different and very special for our bodies.
  3. Explain that they are going to play "Breakfast Scramble."
  4. Tell them you will call out healthy breakfast foods (see below). For example, you can say: "If you like to eat veggie omelets for breakfast, change spots when the ‘breakfast bell’ rings."
  5. Everyone who likes veggie omelets should hop to a new empty spot in the circle. (You can either mimic the sound of a bell or use an actual bell, whistle or noisemaker.)
  6. If only one student likes the food, she or he should hop to the center of the circle and back to her or his original spot.
  7. Continue playing while naming various healthy breakfast foods. You can also vary the movements (skip, jump, slide, etc.) the students use to move around the circle.
  8. If time permits, ask each student to name one new, healthy breakfast food she or he will try.

Healthy ("Go") Breakfast Foods and Drinks:

  • scrambled and hard-boiled eggs
  • veggie omelets
  • whole wheat toast with jam
  • roasted potatoes or hash browns (without butter)
  • low-fat granola or granola bars
  • oatmeal with skim or low-fat milk or water
  • low-fat yogurt
  • whole grain cereals like Cheerios and Wheaties with skim or low-fat milk
  • bananas
  • blueberries
  • 100% orange juice or other natural fruit juices
  • natural fruit smoothies
  • water

Related National Standards

NHES: 1.2.1, 6.2.1
NSPE: 1, 5
NS: NS.K-4.6

Further information about the national standards can be found here.

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