I love it when I find cool computer games that can be used in an educational way in the classroom! Smash Your Food is an 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.
- 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.
- SMASH YOUR FOOD (PDF)