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Colors for Snack

Students get moving and learn the importance of eating a rainbow of snack foods

Tags: nutrition activities, middle school

Description: Students get moving and jumping while learning to eat a rainbow of foods.
Objective: Students will recognize the importance of eating a variety of foods for snack.
Materials: Red, orange, yellow, green, blue or purple, pink, brown, white, and black construction paper (one per student)
  1. Ask the students to form a large circle. Stand in the center.
  2. Tell them just as with breakfast, lunch, and dinner, there are many healthy snack foods. Ask them for a few examples.
  3. Remind them it is important to eat different kinds of foods everyday. Remind them a rainbow needs every color to be a rainbow! Emphasize how bodies are similar— they need a variety of foods to stay healthy and strong. Tell the class to "eat the rainbow!"
  4. Tell them they are going to play "Colors for Snack."
  5. Explain that you will call out a color and everyone wearing that color should jog to the center of the circle. If your students wear a uniform or are not wearing colorful clothing, you can distribute the construction papers and call students up by the color of their papers instead.
  6. The students in the center should work together to name as many healthy snack foods the same color as the one they are wearing, or as the paper they are holding, as possible (see below). You can help them brainstorm.
  7. The students on the outside of the circle should jump up and down five times every time they hear a food they have eaten before.
  8. If time permits, review some of the healthy snack foods mentioned.

Activity Note

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.


Children should be encouraged to eat foods from each of the five food groupings every day. These groupings are:

  • grains (whole grains are healthiest)
  • vegetables
  • fruits
  • milk and milk products, (low-fat milk and milk products are the healthiest choices)
  • meats, beans, and nuts

Healthy ("Go") Colorful Snack Foods:

  • Red—cherries, apples, raspberries, strawberries, peppers, tomatoes, beans
  • Orange—oranges, mangoes, low-fat cheddar cheese, carrots, peaches
  • Yellow—bananas, peppers, corn, pineapples
  • Green—string beans, kiwi fruit, apples, pears
  • Blue or purple—blueberries, corn, cabbage, plums, grapes
  • Pink—grapefruit, strawberry yogurt
  • Brown—whole wheat bread, bagels, peanut butter, granola
  • Black—black beans, blackberries
  • White—low-fat milk, low-fat mozzarella cheese, coconuts, yogurt

Related National Standards

NHES: 1.5.1, 1.5.2, 5.5.5, 7.5.1, 7.5.2
NSPE: 1, 5
NS: NS.5-8.6

Further information about the national standards can be found here.

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