Sugar Suprises


Teams relay race to collect the "sugar surprise" food cards and arrange them correctly from low to high sugar content.

Materials and Preparation:

  • Print the Sugar Surprises worksheets
  • Copy and cut out one set of the Sugar Surprises food cards per team of 8

How To Play:

  1. Arrange food cards on the floor or table on one side of the room or gym and have 1 set available for each team of 8 children
  2. Instruct the teams to line up on the opposite side of the room.
  3. Each player will take turns running to pick up a food card and return it to the team. As the food cards are returned, the players will arrange themselves from "low-sugar" to "high sugar". (Note: if there are not enough children for teams of 8, have smaller teams arrange the foods in line on the floor and allow some children to go twice to collect a card.)
  4. When a team is done, check their order. If it is correct, they win. If it is not correct, return all cards back to the starting point and have the team repeat play until they can organize the foods correctly.
  5. When all teams have correctly organized the foods (allow winning teams to give hints to other teams), review the answers and ask if there were any surprises in the order.
  6. Show them the answer cards that include the amount of sugar listed. Any more surprises?
  7. Note: while younger ones may not fully understand what the sugar number means, they can see the difference between the various foods and beverages; older children can be told that the number represents teaspoons of sugar in the drinks. Food labels list grams of sugar; older children will convert grams to teaspoons in the "Count It Up" activity.
Note: for every 4 grams of sugar listed on the nutrition facts label there is one teaspoon of sugar.

Extension Activities

  • For older children: Have children collect spoons to represent the teaspoons of sugar in the various beverages. Remind them that for every 4 grams of sugar listed on the nutrition facts label there is one teaspoon of sugar.
  • Make up other food or drink cards based on snacks served in the afterschool program or by asking children to list their favorite snacks and drinks.