Lunch Hot Potato Lunch #5


Description: Students pass a beanbag "hot potato" style, individually answering lunch trivia questions whenever you say "freeze!"
Objective: Students will identify a variety of healthy lunch foods.
Materials: One tennis ball, beanbag, or Koosh Ball


  1. Ask the students to stand in a large circle and practice passing the ball from one person to the next.
  2. Explain that there are many healthy foods they can eat for lunch.
  3. Remind them that if they ate the same thing every day, it wouldnít taste good anymore and thatís their bodiesí way of saying each food does something very different and very special. Give examples (e.g. beans give us energy and corn helps us digest and poop).
  4. Ask for examples of healthy lunch foods.
  5. Explain that they are going to play "Q&A Toss".
  6. The students should pass the ball around the circle. Whoever has the ball when you say "LUNCH" should hold onto the ball as you ask a question. After they answer the question they should continue passing the ball.
  7. 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.
  8. Some sample questions are:
    • What red fruits can you have for lunch?
    • What is your favorite milk product to eat or drink for lunch?
    • Whatís your favorite healthy sandwich to eat at lunch?
    • What is your favorite healthy green lunch food?
    • What crunchy vegetables can you eat for lunch?
    • What is your favorite healthy lunch food that starts with a "P"?
    • Why is it important to eat lunch?
  9. If time permits, review some of the healthy foods mentioned.

Background Information

Although all foods can fit into a healthy eating plan in moderation, it is important to reinforce that healthier foods give the body more energy to play and grow. "Junk foods," (processed foods high in fat and added sugar), contain a significant amount of calories but add very little nutrition to kidsí diets.

Possible Healthy ("Go") Lunch Food Responses:

Variations of these answers are acceptable.

  • Red fruits—apples, strawberries, raspberries
  • Milk products—low-fat or skim milk, low-fat cheddar or mozzarella cheese, low-fat blueberry or strawberry yogurt
  • Favorite sandwich—grilled turkey, chicken, or tuna with vegetables
  • Green lunch foods—spinach, lettuce, green beans, peas, cucumbers, apples, pears
  • Crunchy vegetables—carrots, snap peas, corn on the cob
  • Healthy lunch foods that start with "P"—pasta, peanut butter, pears, pickles, pineapple, pita bread
  • Why itís important to eat a healthy lunch—because food provides us with the energy we need to get through the day; because it helps our bones and teeth stay strong and our bodies play and grow!

Related National Standards

NHES: 1.2.1, 6.2.1, 7.2.1
NSPE: 1, 2, 5
NS: NS.K-4.6

Further information about the National Standards can be found here