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The right foods add up to a healthy diet. Solve the food sudoku puzzles and see who knows their onions (and lettuce)!
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Scissors
  • Glue sticks
  • Coloured pens or pencils
Food-doku puzzles, templates and pictures
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What makes up a healthy lifestyle?

Learn about living healthily by heading over to our healthy lifestyles page.

Healthy top tips

Before you begin

  • Print the ‘Food-doku puzzles, templates and pictures’ sheet. There should be one per group. Cut out the food images on the last page with scissors.

Get puzzled

  1. Everyone should get into small groups and talk about what you need to eat in a healthy diet. The person leading the activity should go around and remind everyone of the main food groups on the The eatwell guide: fruit and vegetables, carbohydrates, proteins, fats/oils and dairy. Everyone should be aware of the amounts of these foods that are needed for a healthy lifestyle.
  1. The person leading the activity should hand out the Food-doku puzzles to the groups for them to solve, as well as the food symbols. Everyone should start with the ‘beginner’ puzzle, move onto the ‘intermediate’ puzzle and try the ‘advanced’ puzzle if they have time. This should take 20 minutes.
  1. When the time has passed, the person leading the activity should give out the Food-doku templates. Everyone should use a glue stick to stick the food symbol cut-outs to the blank grids and create their own puzzles for the other groups to solve. Swap templates to try each other’s.


The group has tried to do some sudoku puzzles with food symbols. Did you manage to get a healthy balance of food groups in each row and column, or did you find yourself forgetting them? Did it make it easier to have the food symbols in front of you to remind you what was needed? How could food symbols help you remember to eat healthily in real life?

Doing sudoku puzzles is a popular pastime and they can often be found in newspapers and magazines. Did you enjoy the challenge of lining up the food items to balance each row and column? Standard sudoku puzzles are played with numbers and each row or column must contain the numbers 1-9, similarly to the hard Food-doku puzzle in this activity. Next time you see one, give it a try to test your brain.



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Glue and solvents

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