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Alphabet Toss

Together, students create an alphabet of their favorite, healthy breakfast foods in this active game

Tags: nutrition activities, elementary school, breakfast

Description Students pass a ball while creating an alphabet of healthy, breakfast foods.
Objective Students will recognize the importance of eating a variety of foods for breakfast.
Materials One medium sized, bouncy ball
  1. Have the class form two lines facing each other.
  2. Ask a few students for examples of their favorite healthy breakfast foods.
  3. Say, "Even though you might love, love, love that food, if you ate it all day long every day, it wouldn’t taste good anymore. That’s our body’s way of saying that we need a variety of foods to be healthy. Each food does something very special, and very different, for our body."
  4. Tell the students they are going to brainstorm lots of different healthy foods and drinks they can have for breakfast. Explain that, together, you are going to go through the alphabet (A to Z), filling in this blank with a healthy breakfast food or drink: "I like to eat or drink _________ for breakfast."
  5. Give the ball to the first student in one line and tell them to start with "A" (e.g. "I like to eat applesauce for breakfast").
  6. When she or he is done, they should bounce or pass the ball to the student directly across from them and then run to the end of their line.
  7. The new student with the ball should fill in the blank with a healthy breakfast food beginning with "B," bounce or pass the ball to the next student in the opposite line, and run to the end of her or his line.
  8. Have them continue through the alphabet, skipping difficult letters as necessary.
  9. If a student names a food or drink high in added sugar or fat, gently guide her or him to think of a healthier choice. (See below for ideas.)

Activity Note

Certain letters such as U, X, and Z are difficult, so they can be skipped or you can provide hints.

Background information

Healthy Breakfast Foods and Drinks in Alphabetical Order:

  • A--almond butter, apples, applesauce
  • B--bananas, blackberries, blueberries, beans
  • C--cherries, cantaloupe, cream of wheat or rice (whole grain)
  • D--dates
  • E--eggs
  • F--figs, French toast (whole wheat)
  • G--granola (low-fat and low-sugar), grapefruit, grapes
  • H--honeydew, honey, hazelnuts, hummus
  • I--iced tea (low sugar)
  • J--jam (natural), juice (100% fruit juice)
  • K--Kashi cereal, kiwi
  • L--lemonade (low sugar)
  • M--maple syrup (on whole grain pancakes), mangoes, melons, milk (low-fat or skim)
  • N--nectarines, noodles
  • O--oatmeal, omelets, oranges, orange juice
  • P--pancakes (whole grain), papayas, peaches, peanut butter on toast, pears, pineapple, prunes
  • Q--quiche, quinoa
  • R--raisins, raisin toast, raspberries, rice cakes
  • S--smoothies, starfruit, strawberries, scrambled eggs, spinach (in an omelet)
  • T--tangerines, tortillas, tofu, turkey sausage, tomato
  • U--skip
  • V--vegetables
  • W--watermelon, whole grain bread, walnuts, water
  • X--skip
  • Y--yogurt, yolks
  • Z--zucchini

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