Colors for Breakfast Breakfast #4


Description: Students get moving and jumping while learning to eat a rainbow of breakfast foods.
Objective: Students will identify a variety of fruits they can eat for breakfast.
Materials: Red, orange, yellow, green, pink, and blue, purple, or black construction paper (one piece of paper per student)


  1. Ask the students to form a large circle. Stand in the center.
  2. Ask them to call out the colors they are wearing today. Bridge this discussion to the different colors of fruit.
  3. Say, "We not only want to eat a lot of fruits, but we want to eat lots of different kinds of fruits. This is called variety! Each and every fruit does something very special and very different for our bodies."
  4. Tell them they are going to play "Colors for Breakfast."
  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 fruits 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 each time they hear a fruit they have eaten before.
  8. Continue playing until you have gone through several colors.
  9. If time permits review some of the fruits mentioned and ask the students how they can include them in their breakfast meals (in cereal, oatmeal, whole fruit jam, 100% juice, sliced with peanut butter, by themselves, etc).

Background Information

Fruit provides bodies with nutrients they need to stay healthy and strong. Fruits are an important source of fiber, complex carbohydrates, and other food components that can help reduce a personís risk for chronic diseases such as heart disease and cancer. They also provide vitamins (such as A and C), minerals, are low in calories, fat, and sodium, and contain no cholesterol. 100% juice is one way to get fruit servings, but whole fruit is an even better choice.

In general, 1st graders should eat 1 ½ servings of fruit per day and vary their fruit choices as fruits differ in nutrient content. One serving of fruit is about:

  • one medium piece of fruit (apple, pear)
  • six strawberries
  • two plums
  • fifteen grapes
  • a half cup of 100% juice

Colorful Fruits:

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

Related National Standards

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

Further information about the National Standards can be found here