The Farm to Market cooperative activity has teams start either together in the center, or in their own areas. The idea is that their city is almost out of food, and to survive they need to gather food (bean bags) to fuel their city. Their city will need to use 18 wheelers (hoops) to move around the farms collecting the foods. Once a hoop is placed, it can’t be shifted or moved, aside from picking it back up as long as no one is inside it. This means that students need to gather into 2 hoops (how many depends on your group sizes, but I used 3 hoops for 4-6 students), and always place the 3rd hoop in front of them like laying train tracks.
If anyone touches the floor outside of the base or hoops, a penalty is given, which is tossing a collected food in their hands or back at the city out into the game area (if they have none, then maybe have them walk back to the city and start over). Once they get a food, they either keep it with them, or venture back to their city/school and place it on 1 of 5 poly-spots (grocery store). The team that gets all 5 filled first wins the race to the market/school.
How did students and adults work together as a team?
The students listened carefully to the directions and successfully played the game. The students could also identify healthy foods, tell where they came from and how healthy foods got from the farms to the markets/schools.
What improvements have you seen at your school?
In the cafeteria I have seen students making healthy food choices and drinking their milk. They are excited to tell me they are drinking their milk!!!
How do you plan to make this Play last during the school year and beyond?
This activity will be played with different groups /grade levels throughout the year! Milkand other healthy foods will be talked about in the Farm to Market/School game.