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Green, Green, Broccoli!

This twist on the game "Duck, Duck, Goose!" teaches students the importance of vegetables

Tags: nutrition activities, elementary school, snacks

Description: In this wacky version of "Duck, Duck, Goose!" students explore vegetables.
Objective: Students will identify a variety of fruits and vegetables they can eat for a snack.
Materials: Pictures of fruits and vegetables or the fruits and vegetables themselves
  1. Gather the students into a circle around you and ask them to sit.
  2. Ask them how often they eat fruits and vegetables.  Tell them it is a good idea to have fruits and vegetables every day because they help us fight off colds, give us energy, and keep our hair shiny, our skin soft, and our teeth and bones strong.  
  3. Tell them fruits and vegetables make great snacks.  Explain that we not only want to eat lots of fruits and vegetables, we want to eat lots of different kinds, or a variety, of fruits and vegetables because each one does something special and different for our bodies (plums are good for skin, peas for bones, etc.)
  4. Brainstorm some fruits and vegetables with the students.  (If you have them, pass out the pictures or fruits and vegetables themselves so the students get acquainted with them.)
  5. Tell the students they are going to play "Duck, Duck, Goose!" with a twist.
  6. Explain that someone ("It") will walk around the outside of the circle lightly tapping her or his classmates' heads.  However, instead of saying "Duck, Duck, Goose!" she or he is going to say a fruit or vegetable and its color.  (There should be no repeats; everyone should think of a different set of words.)
  7. She or he will repeat the first word as she or he taps each classmate's head like this, "Green, Green, Green, Green..."
  8. Eventually, she or he should say the second word ("Broccoli!") and that student should jump up and chase "It" around the circle.
  9. "Its" goal is to run all the way around the outside of the circle and back to the second student's spot without getting tagged.
  10. Then, the second student becomes "It."  If, however, "It" gets tagged, the second student can go back to her or his original seat and "It" remains as "It."

Activity Note

You can bring in some of the fruits and vegetables listed below or pictures of them.


Fruits and vegetables 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) and minerals, are low in calories, fat, sodium, and contain no cholesterol. In general, 3rd graders should eat 2–2½ servings of vegetables and 1 ½ servings of fruit each day.

One serving of vegetables is about ½ cup raw non-leafy or cooked vegetables (such as spinach).

One serving of fruit is:

  • one medium-sized apple
  • six strawberries
  • two plums
  • fifteen grapes
  • 1/2 cup of 100% juice

Whole fruit is an even better choice than fruit juice.

Colorful Fruits:

  • Red--apples, strawberries, raspberries, cherries
  • Orange--peaches, oranges, cantaloupes, apricots, papayas
  • Yellow--mangoes, lemons, bananas, pineapples
  • Green--apples, kiwi fruit, pears, limes, grapes
  • Blue, purple, black--blueberries, plums, grapes, blackberries
  • Pink--grapefruit, watermelon

Colorful Vegetables:

  • Red--peppers, beets, rutabaga, radishes
  • Orange--pumpkin, peppers, sweet potatoes
  • Yellow--peppers, squash, corn
  • Green--lettuce, broccoli, peppers, Brussel sprouts, spinach, bok choy
  • Purple--eggplant, beets
  • White--cauliflower, mushrooms, potatoes, onions, turnips

Related National Standards

NHES: 1.5.1, 1.5.2, 7.5.2, 7.5.2
NSPE: 1, 5
NS: NS.K-4.6

Further information about the national standards can be found here.

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