Beanbag Toss Additional Activity #1


Description: Students throw and catch a beanbag and hop around while naming healthy foods.
Objective: Students will identify a variety of healthy foods.
Materials (optional): Beanbag or Koosh Ball


  1. Ask the students to stand in a circle.
  2. Ask each student to raise one hand and to keep it raised until she or he receives the beanbag so everyone knows who still needs a turn.
  3. Toss the beanbag (using an underhand throw) to a student. This student should then throw the beanbag to a new student. Each student should catch the beanbag once.
  4. Now have the students play the game again, only this time, after the student tosses the beanbag across the circle, she or he should follow it by hopping over to that location and taking up that place in the circle.
  5. The student who receives the beanbag should catch it, state one healthy food and then throw the beanbag to a different student.
  6. There should be continuous movement as students throw and catch.
  7. If a student names a "slow" food, challenge them to think of a healthier choice.
  8. See how long they can keep the beanbag moving and how many healthy foods they can name.
  9. If you wish to challenge the students further, call out a category. When they receive the beanbag, they must name a healthy food in that category (e.g. snack food, white food, sticky food, crunchy food, red food, food starting with a "B", food that can go in a sandwich, a vegetable, a fruit, etc).

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") Food Responses:

  • White foods—cauliflower, low-fat or skim milk, low-fat yogurt, chicken, potatoes (without butter), onions
  • Sticky foods—any fruits (raisins, mangoes) or natural fruit juices, honey (for dessert)
  • Crunchy foods—carrots, cucumber, apples, nuts
  • Red foods—red peppers, tomatoes, cherries (for dessert)
  • Foods starting with a "B"—bananas, beets, blueberries (for dessert)
  • Foods that can go in a sandwich—turkey, chicken, tomatoes, lettuce
  • Vegetables—spinach, zucchini
  • Fruits—grapes, oranges, raspberries

Related National Standards

NHES: 1.2.1, 5.2.2
NSPE: 1, 2, 5
NS: NS.K-4.6

Further information about the National Standards can be found here