Breakfast Moves Breakfast #5


Description: The class creates dance moves based on how they feel when they eat their favorite, healthy, breakfast foods.
Objective: Students will share how eating a healthy breakfast makes them feel.
Materials: Chalkboard with chalk or poster board with markers


  1. Gather the students into a large circle.
  2. Remind them why it is important to eat healthy foods for breakfast (so we have the energy to learn and play).
  3. Ask them for a few examples of healthy breakfast foods.
  4. Remind them that sugary cereals and other sweets (such as doughnuts and pastries) are not the healthiest options and should not be eaten often because they can slow our bodies down.
  5. Tell the class they are going to create a "Food Dance." Brainstorm some "feeling" words with them (happy, excited, calm, refreshed, etc). If possible, write the words down on the board or paper.
  6. Ask them to think of their favorite, healthy breakfast food, how it feels to eat it, and to think of a movement to show that feeling. Explain that they will each say the name of their favorite healthy breakfast food while they do their movement.
  7. You should give the first example. You can say the word "blueberries" as you jump up and down to show "excited."
  8. Make your way around the circle. Have the group imitate each student after her or his turn. If a student names a food or drink high in fat or added sugar, gently guide her or him to think of a healthier choice.
  9. If time permits, once every student has had a turn, review the foods mentioned and reinforce the importance of eating a healthy breakfast every day.

Activity Note

Some movement ideas are:

  • To show "full," rub your tummy
  • To show "happy," twirl around
  • To show "refreshed," stretch your arms high above your head
  • To show "fast," pump your arms

Activity Variation

Once every student has had a turn, challenge individual students to repeat the foods and movements of as many students as possible.

Background Information

Healthy ("Go") Breakfast Foods and Drinks:

  • scrambled and hard-boiled eggs
  • veggie omelets
  • whole wheat toast with jam
  • roasted potatoes or hash browns (without butter)
  • low-fat granola or granola bars
  • oatmeal with skim or low-fat milk or water
  • low-fat yogurt
  • whole grain cereals like Cheerios and Wheaties with skim or low-fat milk
  • bananas
  • blueberries
  • 100% orange juice or other natural fruit juices
  • natural fruit smoothies
  • water

Less Healthy ("Slow") Breakfast Foods and Drinks:

  • doughnuts
  • danishes
  • high-sugar cereals like Lucky Charms and Frosted Flakes
  • pork sausage or bacon
  • white bread or toast
  • high-sugar fruit juices like Kool-Aid and Hawaiian Punch
  • home fries (fried in oil or with butter)
  • coffee cake
  • white flour pancakes with syrup

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