The Great Big Breakfast Games - 4 Breakfast Themed PE Games
According to the British Journal of Nutrition, 6.5% of 4-10 year olds regularly go without breakfast. This figure rises sharply to 27% for 11-18 year olds. Despite its many benefits for physical and mental health, there are some children who continue to be disadvantaged by inconsistent or unhealthy breakfast routines
For primary age children, breakfast is a vital kickstart to cognitive, muscular and metabolic systems. It 'wakes' the organs up after sleep and prepares them for another day. Without a balanced and healthy breakfast, concentration, mood, memory recall and critical thinking skills can struggle to reach their full potential.
It's why we've developed a variety of learning resources to teach pupils about the importance of eating a balanced breakfast every day. Check out our Bumper Breakfast Activity Pack. Or our brilliant Breakfast Crossword. For an active way to celebrate the beauty of brekkie, try these breakfast themed PE activities.
Let the Great Big Breakfast Games begin!
1. Cereal Box Skates
What You Need: empty cereal boxes, cones
How to Play: Pupils will use the cereal boxes as 'skates,' so cut a foot sized hole in each one. You'll need a minimum of two boxes per team. Taking turns, team members slip their (shoeless) feet into the boxes and race for a distance of 5 or 10 metres.
Pupils can move in a variety of ways depending on the playing surface (sliding, galloping, etc.) However, they must tag a marker cone before returning. The first team to finish and sit in a line on the ground is declared the winner.
Progression: Add a movement challenge to the return leg of your race. Instruct pupils to take off their 'skates' and hop, skip or lunge back to the start with skates in hand.
2. Egg and Spoon Race
What You Need: tablespoons, tennis ball/ping pong ball 'eggs'
How to Play: To minimise mess, substitute ping pong ball 'eggs' for real ones in this classic sports day game. Split pupils into small teams and give each an 'egg' and spoon. Taking turns, pupils must walk 5 or 10 metres to a marker cone without dropping their 'egg.'
They must sit down (on a bench or the ground), stand up and return to their team. They then pass the spoon to the next player who repeats this process. The first team to finish and sit in a line on the ground is declared the winner.
Progression: Add an obstacle element to your race if children are confident handling the egg and spoon. Cones, for instance, can be used as a weaving challenge - instruct players to weave around their cones.
3. Toss the Toast
What You Need: slices of brown bread, hula hoops
How to Play: Split pupils into two teams. Lay out two sets of hoops at varying distances from the start line, with the first hoops placed approximately one metre away. Taking turns, each player attempts to throw their 'toast' (slice of bread) into a hoop.
Pupils are awarded points depending on which hoop the bread lands in. Award points according to distance, with the furthest hoop carrying a maximum score (5, 10, 15 points, for example). Repeat until each player has had two throws. The first team to finish and sit in a line on the ground is the declared winner.
Progression: After a player has taken both their turns, they must run a lap around the playing area, stop, spin around and touch the ground. The next player waiting in line cannot make their throws until the first player has completed their lap and the second player has started theirs.
4. Breakfast Relay Race
What You Need: dinner trays, cones, benches, hula hoops, slices of brown bread, plastic beakers, oranges, apples, ping pong ball 'eggs'
How to Play: Set up your relay obstacle course before beginning. Between the starting line and finishing cone, place two sets of benches, cones and hula hoops. The trays are placed at the furthest distance from the start line, with the rest of the items (oranges, apples, plastic beakers, bread, 'eggs') placed on the start line. Players must select a breakfast item and take it through the obstacle course.
For example, they might pass a hula hoop over their body, balance along the bench and do five squats at the cone. Then, they must place their item on the tray and return. The next player repeats the process (remember to allocate the correct number of items). The first team to finish and sit in a line on the ground is declared the winner.
Progression: There are lots of opportunities for progression as the difficulty of the obstacle course is up to you. Add jumping, throwing or even dancing challenges to your race course.
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