The end of hunger

The end of hunger

Category: Healthy eating,
Group size: 1 group,
Duration: 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

Before the start of the game, 4 large containers filled with colored water representing each of the food groups (red, blue, green, yellow) are placed at the end of the game area. The food groups are presented to the kids.

At the other end of the field, there are empty 2L bottles on which the animators draw a line representing satiation/fullness. In teams of four, the kids have to fill their glass then run to go fill up their bottle to the line while maintaining the balance of the food groups as much as possible (getting water from each of the four food groups).

The activity ends with a discussion on satiety in connection with the game.

Here are some guiding questions:

  • What do you feel in your body when there isn’t any water in the bottle?
  • What do you feel in your body when there is too much water in the bottle?
  • Why is it important to have all four food groups in your body? (Draw parallels between the teamwork of the kids and the way the food groups work together in a team)

Skills

  • Developing awareness of healthy eating (signs of hunger and satiety, food groups)
  • Teamwork
  • Physical skills

Variations

  • Additional motor challenges could be given to the kids while they are transporting the water from one end to the other by proposing new manners of movement (moving backwards, on all fours, on tip-toes, like an elephant, etc.).
  • For the final discussion, bottles of different sizes could be presented to demonstrate that hunger varies from one person to another and that we shouldn’t necessarily eat like the person next to you; it’s important to listen to your own signs of hunger and satiety!

Goal

Developping awareness of healthy heating while getting familiar with the concepts of hunger and satiety and the 4 food groups.

Equipment

  • One empty 2L bottle per 4-kid team
  • Food coloring (red, blue, green, yellow)
  • Water
  • 4 large containers for water (like tubs) one glass per child