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Lunchbox relay

Can you pack a healthy lunchbox, full of tasty treats from each food group?
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Scissors
  • Food group facts
  • Healthy lunchbox items
Food images
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Before you begin

  • Print sets of the food images, and cut them up. You’ll need one set for each small group.
  • Print enough lunchbox images for each group to have one each. Alternatively, you could use real lunchboxes or tubs.

Chat about food

  1. Split into small groups. Each group should talk about what they think the main food groups are, what a healthy diet looks like, and whether it’s important to have a healthy diet.
  2. Once the groups have had a chance to chat about healthy diets, everyone should come together. The person leading the game should help everyone understand the main food groups, and how they all come together to make a balanced diet.

Play lunchbox relay

  1. Split into groups of about five people. Each group should line up on one side of the room, behind a pile of food pictures.
  2. The person leading the game should put one lunchbox opposite each team, on the other side of the room.
  3. The person leading the game should call out a food group.
  4. The first person in each line should pick up an item from that food group, that they think would be a tasty addition to lunch. They should run to the other side of the room and put it into their team’s lunchbox. They should then run back to their team, and join the back of the line.
  5. The person leading the game should call out all of the food groups once. They should then call them all out again, in a different order this time, until everyone’s put two foods in their team’s lunchbox.
  6. Each team should collect their lunchbox, and think about the foods inside. How could each team use the foods in their lunchbox to make a tasty meal?


This activity helped you to develop skills. Why is it important to be able to plan a healthy meal? Do you usually help to choose the food you eat? When you looked at your lunchbox, could you find a way to combine the foods to make a meal? Were some foods trickier to put together in the same meal?


This activity also helped you think about living healthily. Can you remember the different food groups that make up a balanced diet? Did you learn anything new about balanced diets? Why is it important to try and eat some food from each group? Did you see any foods you haven’t tried before?


Active games

The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.

All activities must be safely managed. 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.