Breakfast Memory Breakfast #1


Description: This fun oral movement memory game encourages students to share healthy breakfast foods.
Objective: Students will understand the benefits of eating breakfast and will identify some healthy breakfast foods.


  1. Gather the students into a large circle.
  2. Ask them why they think breakfast is an important meal (eating breakfast gives us energy for the day ahead). Ask for a few examples of common breakfast foods.
  3. Tell them foods high in added sugar (such as doughnuts) and foods high in fat (such as pork bacon) are not the healthiest options and should not be eaten often because they can slow our bodies down. Now ask for a few examples of healthy breakfast foods.
  4. Then, tell the class they are going to play a memory game.
  5. Ask them to think of their favorite healthy breakfast food and to think of a movement to represent their food. (The movement can represent how eating the food makes them feel, how to cook the food, etc. See below for ideas.)
  6. 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 spin around to show "happy."
  8. The next student should repeat your food and movement and then say and perform their own, and so on until the last student, who must repeat all that came before her or him.
  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.
  10. If time permits, 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

To challenge the students you can time them to see how fast they can get all the way around the circle or challenge individual students to repeat as many foods and movements as possible.

Background Information

Breakfast is an important meal. Growing bodies and developing brains rely heavily on the regular intake of food. When kids skip breakfast, they can end up going for as long as eighteen hours without food, and this period of semi-starvation can create a lot of physical, intellectual, and behavioral problems. Breakfast eaters can concentrate better, have better attendance, are less irritable and fatigued, and have better control of their weight. Skipping breakfast is associated with increased body weight.

Healthy 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 cereal (Cheerios, Wheaties) with skim or low-fat milk
  • bananas
  • blueberries
  • 100% orange juice or other natural fruit juices
  • natural fruit smoothies
  • water

Related National Standards

NHES: 1.8.1; 1.8.2; 7.8.2
NSPE: 1, 5
NS: NS.5-8.6

Further information about the National Standards can be found here