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Students learn a variety of fruits they can have for breakfast with this lively game

Tags: nutrition activities, elementary school, breakfast

Description Students throw and catch a ball "SPUD" style while calling out various fruits to include with breakfast.
Objective Students will identify a variety of fruits they can eat for breakfast.
Materials One volley ball or beach ball
  1. Gather the students into a circle.
  2. Ask them if they eat fruit for breakfast. Tell them it is a good idea to have fruit with their breakfast meals because fruit helps us fight off colds, gives us energy, keeps our hair shiny, our skin soft, and our teeth and bones strong.
  3. Explain that we not only want to eat lots of fruits, we want to eat lots of different kinds of fruits. This is called variety! Each and every fruit gives our body something very special. Tell them eating watermelon and oranges helps fight colds and eating blackberries helps cuts heal.
  4. Ask for some examples of some more fruits. If possible, make a list or draw pictures of the fruits as they are named.
  5. Tell the students you are going to play "Fruitball!."
  6. Assign each student a number between 1 and 10. Each number should be assigned to at least two students.
  7. Have the students begin to move around the room using a locomotor activity that you name (skip, jog, etc).
  8. Call out a number between 1 and 10 as you throw the ball up in the air. The students assigned this number should come to the center and attempt to catch the ball.
  9. The student who gets the ball should call out a fruit, throw the ball up in the air as she or he calls out a new number between 1 and 10, and continue moving around the playing space.
  10. Quickly review the fruits mentioned and why it is important to eat them.

Activity Note

Encourage the students to name as many fruits as possible, but allow some repeats, as it would be difficult for each student to come up with a new fruit.

Background information

Fruit provides bodies with nutrients they need to stay healthy and strong. Fruits are an important source of fiber, complex carbohydrates, and other food components that can help reduce a person’s risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. They also provide vitamins (such as A and C), minerals, are low in calories, fat, and sodium, and contain no cholesterol. 100% juice is one way to get fruit servings, but whole fruit is an even better choice.

In general, K-4th graders should eat 1 ½ servings of fruit per day and vary their fruit choices as fruits differ in nutrient content. One serving of fruit is about:

  •  one medium piece of fruit (apple, pear)
  •  six strawberries
  •  two plums
  •  fifteen grapes
  •  a half cup of 100% juice

Fruits and Ways to Include Them in Breakfast Meals:

All fruits named below can also be eaten alone for breakfast.

  •  Apples--sliced with peanut butter, in oatmeal
  •  Bananas--sliced with peanut butter or honey alone or on toast
  •  Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries--frozen or in cereal
  •  Grapes--in 100% juice or in natural jam on whole grain toast
  •  Mangoes--sliced with lime
  •  Oranges--in 100% juice or natural fruit smoothies

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