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Snack Scramble

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

Tags: nutrition activities, elementary school, snacks

Description: Students hop in and out of a giant circle according to the healthy snacks they hear.
Objective: Students will recognize a variety of healthy foods they can eat for snack.
Materials: Small bell, whistle, or snack-related noisemaker (e.g., spoon banging on a yogurt container)
  1. Gather the students into a circle.
  2. Remind them it is important to eat different kinds of healthy foods for snack, 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 "Scramble" again, but this time with snack foods.
  4. Tell them you are going to call out healthy snack foods (see below).  For example, you can say: "If you like to eat string cheese for snack, hop to a new spot when the 'snackbell' rings."
  5. Everyone who likes string cheese should dance to a new empty space 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 snack foods.  Vary the movements (jump, jog, skip, slide, etc.) the students use to move around inside the circle.
  8. If time permits, ask each student to name one new healthy snack food she or he will try.

Healthy ("Go") Snack Foods and Drinks:

  • pretzels
  • granola bars
  • rice cakes
  • trail mix
  • applesauce
  • raspberries
  • celery
  • water
  • blueberry yogurt
  • cucumber slices
  • popcorn (without butter)
  • peanut butter crackers
  • bananas and honey
  • carrots with hummus
  • corn chips with salsa
  • low-fat milk

Related National Standards

NHES: 1.2.1, 7.2.1
NSPE: 1, 2, 5
NS: NS.K-4.6

Further information about the national standards can be found here.

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