Red Light Green Light Snack #3


Description: Students move or freeze depending on whether a healthy or unhealthy breakfast food is named.
Objective: Students will distinguish between "go" (healthy) and "slow" (less healthy) snack foods.


  1. Ask the students to stand against a wall facing you.
  2. Review what makes a food a "go" food vs. a "slow" food. ("Go" foods help their bodies play and grow. "Slow" foods are high in added sugar and fat and can slow their bodies down.) Remind them that although added sugar can make them feel excited at first, it will make them feel very tired after a while.
  3. Ask for a couple of examples of both "go" and "slow" snack foods (see below for ideas).
  4. Call out some snack foods on the back of the card, switching between "go" and "slow" foods and ask the students to identify each.
  5. Once they have correctly identified some foods, play "'Slow' Food/'Go' Food" again, but this time with snack foods.
  6. Call out the snack foods again in a random order. Start the game with a "go" food.
  7. If a food is a "go" snack food, the students should jog (skip or hop) toward you at the other end of the room.
  8. If a food is a "slow" snack food, they should freeze in place.
  9. If a student moves after a "slow" food is called or freezes when a "go" food is called, they must go back to the start.
  10. If time permits, review some foods and their "go" or "slow" classifications with the class.

Background Information

Healthy ("Go") Snack Foods and Drinks:

cherries peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
hummus peanut butter crackers
nuts low-fat yogurt
water low-fat granola
carrots popcorn (without butter)
pretzels natural fruit smoothies

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

hot dogs white bread
whole milk french fries
candy potato chips
cookies soft drinks

Related National Standards

NHES: 1.2.1, 5.2.1, 7.2.1, 7.2.2
NSPE: 1, 5
NS: NS.K-4.6

Further information about the National Standards can be found here