Food Detective Dinner #5


Description: Students move about quickly in this game to gather clues about the healthy dinner foods taped to their backs!
Objective: Students will recognize a variety of healthy dinner foods.
Materials: One paper or name tag per student, each with a different healthy dinner food written on it (see below for foods), tape; (optional) a boom box or radio


  1. Ask the students to form a large circle.
  2. Tell them you are going to play "Food Detective."
  3. Go around the circle and place a label on each of their backs. As you do, explain that each label has the name of a healthy dinner food written on it, and that the object of the game is to try to figure out which food they are without looking at their label.
  4. Explain that they can only ask "yes" or "no" questions.
  5. Tell them when you turn on the music (or say "GO!"), they should start dancing (hopping, sliding, jogging) around until you pause the music (or say "STOP!")
  6. Then they should find a partner (the person nearest to them), and one partner should ask the other a "yes" or "no" question about their label (e.g. "Am I a vegetable?"; "Am I eaten cold?").
  7. When the music starts again (or you say "GO!"), they should start dancing (or hopping, etc.) again.
  8. Once they figure out their label, they should take it off their backs and stick it on the front of their shirts. They can keep playing, only answering others’ questions until everyone has correctly guessed their food.
  9. Ask them to state their healthy dinner foods and encourage them to eat nutrient-rich foods low in fat and added sugar from all five food groupings for dinner.

Background Information

Healthy ("Go") Foods for Labels:

  • Milk and milk products—low-fat milk, low-fat yogurt, low-fat mozzarella cheese, low-fat cheddar cheese, cottage cheese
  • Grains—whole wheat pasta, rye bread, brown rice, whole-wheat tortilla
  • Vegetables—carrot, zucchini, broccoli, spinach, baked potato, salad, squash, eggplant, corn
  • Meats, beans, nuts—black bean, grilled chicken, turkey, tuna, salmon, peanut, hummus
  • Fruits—peach, apple, pear, grape, strawberry, raspberry

Related National Standards

NHES: 1.5.1, 5.5.5, 7.5.1
NSPE: 1, 5
NS: NS.K-4.6

Further information about the National Standards can be found here