Color Relay Games


Teams race to collect fruit and vegetables and sort them by color

Preparation and Materials:

  • Collect, empty, and clean a variety of boxes or cans of fruit/vegetables or juice. You could also use fruit and vegetable picture/word labels to paste on small boxes (like empty milk cartons). Alternatively, you may use flashcards of fruits and vegetables if you have them, or have kids make flashcards with common fruits/veggies they eat at home.
  • Label 5 boxes or paper bags by color (yellow/orange, green, blue/purple, white, red) for the sorting categories, or make colorful labels using construction paper to place on the floor.


  1. Arrange group in 2 or more teams, and have each team line up on opposite sides of a gym/field/large open space. Smaller teams of 4-6 are better for getting everyone's participation.
  2. Place fruit/vegetable containers in the middle of the space between the teams.
  3. On "Go!" each team member takes a turn running to grab a fruit/vegetable container and returning to their team to sort the items by color. All team members should run in place, stretch, or do jumping jacks when waiting for their turn.
  4. The team with the most items, correctly sorted, wins. Note: this can be tricky because some foods have a skin that is different from the flesh. The color is based on the part we eat (so a banana looks yellow, but the flesh is white; or a kiwi looks brown, but it is green on the inside).

Extension Activities:

  • Sort by part of the plant, or whether an item has "seeds" or "no seeds"
  • Older students may be introduced to key nutrients and sort by "lots of vitamin C" or "little vitamin C"
  • Search for an item that meets the description called out by the leader. For instance, the leader calls out "orange fruit," and the team members in line to go run out and find an orange fruit to return to their teams. The next person in line searches for a different item, such as "green vegetable".
    • Options include: part of plant, color, how the food is typically served (morning juice, lunch bag fruit, dried fruit snack, mashed vegetable, etc.)
    • Note: Several fruits or vegetables will meet the description, so be sure to have enough items for the children to collect.
    • This can also be played as a quiet brainstorming game; the small team or individual who lists the most items in each category wins (offer fruit stickers, or the opportunity to choose the fruit or vegetable for snack).
  • Make flashcards with the translation of fruits and veggies into another language that the group learns together.

Note: You may want to select the snacks with common or user-friendly ingredients!