Food and Move Scramble

Help kids identify nutritious foods as opposed to foods with little health benefits. Nutritious food choices give them the best energy to move and play.

Group of kids standing outdoors and eating oranges
smiling kids standing in a circle
group of kids running a relay in a gym
kids running around cones in a gym
kids playing a game in a gym while adult watches
girl stretching and touching her toes in a gym

Activity Purpose

Help kids identify nutritious food choices give them the best energy to move and play.


  • Identify "food" as fuel for your body and brain.
  • Use a stoplight as a tool to make nutritional food and beverage choices: green-light (eat more), yellow-light (eat some), and red-light (eat less).
  • Recognize that green-light foods provide the most nutrition to fuel your body for energy to be active.


  • Talk Time: Kids sit and stretch or stand and march in place. Be sure they are a safe distance (arm’s length) apart.
  • Activity: Divide kids into groups of 3 to 4. Have Move Activity Cards and Food Activity Cards ready. See diagram for activity area set-up. The color of the food word's text indicates whether the food is a green-light food, yellow-light food, or a red-light food.
  • Wrap Up: Kids sit in a circle for discussion.

Talk Time


Pretend you are making your favorite food. Are you rolling out the dough for pizza, growing tall like a banana, or getting wiggly like spaghetti?

Let's talk about some important things to know about how food and move are connected:

  • Just like a car, your body needs fuel for you to move throughout your day.
  • Fuel your body with fit foods to have energy to move.
  • Make green-light food and beverage choices to fuel and hydrate your body. Choose water or milk!

This activity is like a relay and will help you learn more about how food gives you energy to move.

Do The Activity

Activity Instructions
How to set up your activity area for fitClub Move Scramble game
  1. Divide the kids into small groups (3-4 kids per group).
  2. Assign each group a starting position. (see diagram)
  3. The first kid runs along the outside of the activity area to a cone and grabs a Move Activity Card.
  4. Next, they run to the center of the activity area to grab a Food Activity Card, then run back to the group.
  5. Once the kid is back with the group, all teammates look at the food card to determine what speed to do the move from the move card.
    • Green-light foods: move at high speed
    • Yellow-light foods: move at a normal speed
    • Red-light foods: move in slow motion
  6. Complete the move for the indicated amount of time or repetitions.
  7. The next kid in line runs to get a Move Activity Card and a Food Activity Card
  8. Continue this process until all move cards have been collected.
  9. Each group adds up the points for their food cards.
    • Red-light foods = 1
    • Yellow-light foods = 2
    • Green-light foods = 3
    • Move Activity Card= 3
  10. If time allows, repeat the activity and switch up the groups by rotating the first kid of each group to the end of the line of the group on the right.
  11. Once activity is completed, kids will form a circle and march in place for the Wrap Up.

Wrap Up


Q: You just woke up and have an extra busy day ahead of you. What's a good choice to fuel your body?
A: Any green-light food is a great choice. It doesn't have to be a "breakfast" food.


Plan it! What will you fuel up with first thing tomorrow morning?

Time: 10 Minutes

What You'll Need


  • Music
  • Timer

Helpful Tips
  • If using a smaller space, choose different motor skills to do across the activity space such as bear crawl, crab walk, and inchworm. 
  • Modify the activity with basketballs  and basketball hoops:
    • Dribble the ball to a cone and shoot from that cone.
    • Once the player makes a shot, grab a Move Activity Card from under the cone.
    • If, after 3 attempts, a shot is not made, pick up a Move Activity Card from under the cone.
    • Dribble the ball to the middle of the activity space and pick up a Food Activity Card.
    • Continue to dribble the ball and make your way back to your group with your Move and Food Activity Cards.
    • Continue the activity as described. 

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