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Fruit Kebob Tag

Students learn about healthy snacks in this wacky version of tag

Tags: nutrition activities, elementary school, snacks

Description: Students run in an attmept to escape their "fruit kebob" fate--getting "dipped" in the yogurt.
Objective: Students will identify a variety of healthy snack foods.
  1. Begin this activity by having the students stand shoulder to shoulder at one end of the room.
  2. Quickly review what makes a snack healthy (if it is low in added sugar and fat; if it has vitamins and nutrients and makes the body want to "go").
  3. Ask for a few examples of healthy snack foods. If a student names a food or drink high in fat or added sugar, gently guide her or him to come up with a healthier choice.
  4. Explain that you are going to play a version of "tag."
  5. Have the students count off by healthy snack foods. You can use five of the healthy snack foods that they just mentioned or you can use these: "pretzel," "cucumber," "yogurt," "walnut", "peach." Tell them to remember which food they are.
  6. Point to a mark or line at the other end of the room and explain that this is "base."
  7. Explain that you are the hungry kid who is preparing her or his afternoon snack. Your objective is to catch the healthy snack foods so you can "eat" them.
  8. Stand in the center of the space and call out one of the five foods such as "PEACH!" All the "peaches" should try to run to a line at the opposite end of the room without getting tagged by you.
  9. If a student is tagged, she or he joins you in the middle as a tagger and must call out the next food with you. If more than one student is tagged, together they must decide which food to call out next.
  10. After a few minutes, reinforce the importance of eating healthy snack foods and ask them which healthy snack foods they will eat for snack today.

Although all foods can fit into a healthy eating plan in moderation, it is important to reinforce that healthier foods give the body more energy to play and grow. "Junk foods" (processed foods high in fat and added sugar), contain a significant amount of calories but add very little nutrition to kids’ diets.

"Go" snack foods refer to foods low in fat and added sugar which give the body energy to run and "go." "Slow" snack foods refer to foods high in fat and added sugar which slows the body down.

Healthy ("Go") Snack Foods and Drinks:

  • cherries
  • hummus
  • nuts
  • water
  • carrots
  • pretzels
  • raisins
  • peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
  • peanut butter crackers
  • low-fat yogurt
  • low-fat granola
  • popcorn (without butter)
  • natural fruit smoothies

Less Healthy ("Slow") Snack Foods and Drinks:

  • hot dogs
  • whole milk
  • candy
  • cookies
  • doughnuts
  • white bread
  • french fries
  • potato chips
  • soft drinks

Related National Standards

NHES: 1.5.1, 1.5.2, 5.5.5, 7.5.1
NSPE: 1, 5
NS: NS.K-4.6

Further information about the national standards can be found here.

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