Smash Your Food: Game & Activity

I love it when I find cool computer games that can be used in an educational way in the classroom!  Smash Your Food is smash.your.foodan interactive game that literally has students smashing foods to determine how much fat, sugar and sodium common fast foods and snacks foods contain.  I know that students are into the activity as I listen to the variety of comments and conversations the game sparks such as “Eeww, this is gross or so cool”, or “I never realized that French fries had so much oil or milkshakes had so much sugar”!  I’ve even had some students buy the app of the game so they could smash more foods on their phones or electronic devices!  That’s when you know you’ve found a keeper!

Note:  I use this game as a culminating activity after teaching students about choosing healthy foods and limiting the amounts of fat, sugar and sodium in their diets.

Materials

  • Laptops/computers

Activities

  • Ask students to go through the chart and make predictions as to the estimated amounts of fats, sugars and sodium each of the foods contain before they actually play the game.
  • Show students the website Food N’ Me:Smash Your Food and demo how it works and what information they need to include before they play the game.  I don’t actually show them a smashed food because I don’t want to spoil the initial and sometimes priceless reactions they have when they do it!  **This game does not work on iPads as it needs a flash player to work correctly.  Chrome books seem to work the best!
  • Let the smashing begin and have students record the recommended and actual amounts of fats, sugar and sodium in the chart.
  • When all foods have been smashed, students answer the follow-up prompts and questions.

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6 comments for “Smash Your Food: Game & Activity

  1. Melissa
    November 29, 2015 at 9:17 am

    Thank you! I will be doing this exact activity with my students to wrap up our nutrition unit. 🙂 Love this website sooo much.

  2. Kelsey
    February 25, 2016 at 11:40 am

    My 8th graders loved this!!

  3. sheila
    December 8, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    My students LOVED this!! Thank you so much for the worksheet that went with it.

  4. Jenn
    September 20, 2017 at 8:22 am

    I have loved doing this with my classes. We went to use this site this year and the website is not there anymore. Bummed!! Anyone have another site like this for the students to see?

    • K.Graybill
      September 20, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      I was bummed too! But..there is a free app available for iPads that can be used, but not all of the foods from the website are smashed. For a more extensive app version, you have to pay. I left the directions on the post so people could use or adapt the assignment with the app if they wanted too.

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