Alphabet Toss Breakfast #2


Description: Students pass a ball while creating an alphabet of healthy, breakfast foods.
Objective: Students will recognize the importance of eating a variety of foods for breakfast.
Materials: One basketball or medium-sized bouncy ball


  1. Have the class form two lines facing each other.
  2. Ask a few students for examples of their favorite healthy breakfast foods.
  3. Say, "Even though you might love, love, love that food, if you ate it all day long every day, it wouldn’t taste good anymore. That’s our body’s way of saying that we need a variety of foods to be healthy. Each food does something very special, and very different, for our bodies."
  4. Tell the students they will brainstorm lots of different healthy foods and drinks they can eat for breakfast as they play "Breakfast Toss." Explain that, together, you are going to go through the alphabet (A to Z), filling in this blank with a healthy breakfast food or drink: "I like to eat or drink _________ for breakfast."
  5. Give the ball to the first student in one line and tell them to start with "A" (e.g. "I like to eat applesauce for breakfast").
  6. When she or he is done, she or he should bounce or pass the ball to the student directly across from her or him and then run to the end of her or his line.
  7. The new student with the ball should fill in the blank with a healthy breakfast food beginning with "B," bounce or pass the ball to the next student in the opposite line, and run to the end of her or his line.
  8. Have them continue through the alphabet, skipping difficult letters as necessary.
  9. 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. (See below for ideas.)

Activity Note

Certain letters such as U, X, and Z are difficult, so they can be skipped or you can provide hints.

Background Information

Healthy Breakfast Foods and Drinks in Alphabetical Order:

  • A—almond butter, apples, applesauce
  • B—bananas, blackberries
  • C—cherries, cantaloupe, cream of wheat or rice (whole grain)
  • D—dates, deviled eggs
  • E—eggs
  • F—figs, French toast (whole wheat)
  • G—granola (low-fat and low-sugar), grapefruit, grapes
  • H—honeydew melon
  • I—iced tea (low-sugar)
  • J—jam (natural), juice (100% fruit juice)
  • K—Kashi cereal
  • L—lemonade (low-sugar)
  • M—maple syrup (on whole grain pancakes), mangoes, melons, milk (low-fat or skim)
  • N—nectarines
  • O—oatmeal, omelets, oranges, orange juice
  • P—pancakes (whole grain), papayas, peaches, peanut butter on toast, pears, pineapples
  • Q—quiche, quinoa
  • R—raisins, raisin toast, raspberries
  • S—smoothies, starfruit, strawberries, scrambled eggs, spinach (in an omelet)
  • T—tangerines, tortillas, tofu, turkey sausage
  • U—skip
  • V—vegetables
  • W—watermelon, whole grain bread
  • X—skip
  • Y—yogurt, yolks
  • Z—skip

Related National Standards

NHES: 1.5.1, 1.5.2, 7.5.1
NSPE: 1, 2, 5
NS: NS.K-4.6

Further information about the National Standards can be found here