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Human fruit machine

A trio of tangerines or a pair of pears should see you to victory as we match up some fruity favourites.

You will need

  • Pens or pencils
  • A4 paper
  • Opaque bags (one per team)
  • Five different varieties of fruit (get seasonal fruit, where possible)

Before you begin

  • Check whether anyone in your group has any allergies or dietary requirements. Avoid getting any fruits for this activity that are unsuitable.
  • Fill each of the opaque bags with fruit. Each bag should contain each of the five varieties you’ve brought.

Run the activity

  1. Split into small groups. Each group should sit or stand in a circle. Give each group a bag of fruit.
  2. The bag of fruit should be passed around the circle by each group. This should only stop when the person leading the activity shouts ‘Stop!’
  3. When ‘Stop!’ is called, the person left holding the bag of fruit in each group must choose a piece of fruit from the bag at random. This piece of fruit should be held up in the air.
  4. The more groups holding up the same piece of fruit (eg apples) as another, the more points they score. For example, in a game with five groups, three people holding bananas score their teams three points, two people holding oranges score their teams two points and the other team would score no points.
  5. The person leading the activity should note down the scores of each group to add up at the end. Keep playing until the game runs its course or until everyone’s had a go holding up fruit. You could have a target score for the teams to aim for (eg twenty points) as an extra incentive!
  6. When the game’s finished and the winning team’s been worked out, that team should choose a piece of fruit from their bag. The group should share their favourite way to eat that fruit.
  1. Discuss healthy eating with the group. Use the ‘Food group facts’ below for more information. Find out how much the group already knows about what they need to eat as part of a healthy diet.

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Each group’s bag contained five different fruits. This meant that there was an element of chance every time a player picked a fruit to hold up. Why else might it be a good idea to have different varieties and colours of fruit? How many of each should we be eating each day (hint: look in the bag!)?


All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.


Check for allergies before you begin and read the guidance on food safety. Make sure you have suitable areas for storing and preparing food and avoid cross contamination of different foods.

Make it accessible

All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.