The 5 fruits

The 5 fruits

Category: Healthy eating,
Group size: 1 group,
Duration: 15-30 min.,
Intensity: Moderate,
Includes notions of healthy eating
This activity was inspired by the efforts of the 2015 summer camp animation team Lucile-Teasdale!

Description and organisation

The educational activity in question is a variation on relay races and memory games.

The kids are separated into two teams, the bananas and the watermelons. To start, the person in charge announces the name of a fruit. Then, the kids start the relay race, which consists of a sprint, hopping with their legs together through the 4 hoops on their side and finally choosing one of the 8 cones which they have to lift up to see whether the picture underneath corresponds to the fruit that was announced.

Once the correct fruit is found, the person in charge adds another fruit picture and mixes up the cones; the animator then heads to the group who found the fruit to ask them a healthy eating question in order to determine whether the group can keep their fruit (i.e. : Could fruits (watermelons in particular) be a good source of hydration (water)? Is it possible to only eat 3 food groups and stay healthy? Etc.). If the group responds incorrectly, the other group gets a chance to respond and can steal the fruit if they respond correctly to an additional question.

The activity ends when one team has 5 fruits, corresponding to the recommended daily intake of fruits and vegetables.

If this rule is respected, and the game continues until 1 or the other team accumulates fruits, it may be possible to obtain 10 fruits total.

Skills

  • Developing awareness of healthy eating
  • Spirit of competition
  • Discovering new foods
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Memory

Variations

  • Other food groups (i.e. dairy products) could be integrated into the activity.
  • The relay race activities could be modified based on the age of the participants.

Goal

Developing awareness of healthy eating while integrating physical activity.

Equipment

  • 8 hula hoops
  • 8 cones
  • Pictures of fruits