Fruit and Veggie Games
- Students form a circle, with one player in the center.
- The student in the center throws a beanbag to a player on the
rim, and calls out a color.
- The player who catches the beanbag responds by naming a fruit
or vegetable of the color called, and then throws the beanbag
back to the center player while calling a new color.
- Now the student in the center must name an appropriate fruit
- The game goes on in this manner, with colors repeated, if necessary.
- When a player on the rim fails to catch to beanbag or cannot
name a fruit or veggie of the color called, he or she is eliminated.
- When the student in the center drops the beanbag or answers
incorrectly, he or she leaves the game, and the questioner moves
to the center.
- The game continues until one player remains—the winner.
- Students sit in a cicle with one player in the center.
- The center player assigns the name of a fruit to various circle
- The center player calls out “All apples change places
with all pears,” or similar.
- While the two groups scramble to change places, he or she tries
to get one of the seats.
- The center player may also call out the name of several kinds
of fruits at once.
- “Fruit basket turn over” means all students must
Fruits and Veggies
- Divide players into two equal lines, one called “Fruit” and
the other called “Veggies.”
- Teams stand about five feet apart, facing each other on opposite
sides of a center line.
- Behind each group of players and about 25 feet away, is a goal
- When the game leader calls out “Fruits!’ that group
turns and runs toward its own goal line, with the Veggies in
- Any Fruit tagged before crossing the line joins the other side.
- The action continues with the leader giving each side a fairly
even number of chances to chase their oponents.
Fruit, Vegetable, Grain
- Players sit in a circle, with one student (the caller) in the
- The caller points to any other student and says, “Fruit,
- By the count of ten, the student must then name a grain (or
fruit or vegetable) not previously mentioned. If successful,
he or she sits in the center of the circle. If not, the same
student remains in center, calling on a different student to
name a specific food.
- Variation: Root, Leaf, Fruit, Stem—The student in the
center calls out “Root,” “Leaf,” “Fruit
or Stem.” By the count of ten, the student called upon
must name a vegetable or fruit that meets the criteria called.
Fruit and Vegetable Pairs (Mixer)
- Cut an assortment of fruits and vegetables in half, or cut
pictures from magazines or the Oklahoma
Fruits pattern page and cut them in half.
- Each player is given half the fruit or vegetable or picture.
- On signal, all scurry about to find their partners.
Garden is Ready
- Students sit in chairs scattered around a room.
- Without telling the others what he or she has chosen, each
student chooses the name of a vegetable that grows in the garden.
- One player serves as the gardener. He or she stands and says: “The
garden is ready to harvest.”
- Walking around the room, he or she calls out the names of
various garden vegetables.
- When a player hears the name of his or her vegetable, he or
she gets up and walks behind the gardener.
- When most of the vegetables have been called out of their seats,
the gardener shouts: “Salad.”
- At this the students must find new seats.
- The last student to find a seat becomes the new gardener.
Guess My Name
- Cut out pictures of fruits or vegetables from magazines or
the Oklahoma Fruits and Oklahoma
Vegetables pattern pages.
- Without letting the players see the pictures, pin one to each
- The players circulate around and ask each other questions to
try to identify what fruit or vegetable they are representing.
- Any question may be asked except the direct one, “What
- The first player to guess his or her fruit or vegetable is
the winner, but the game continues until all or most of the players
have guessed what they are.
- Place several different vegetables on a table.
- Have students stand around the table for one or two minutes
and try to memorize the vegetables.
- Cover the vegetables with a table cloth, and have students
write down as many as they can remember.
- After three or four minutes, call time and collect the lists.
- The player who has written correctly the greatest number of
- The players sit on chairs in a circle, with one player, the
grocer, in the center.
- The grocer gives each of the others the name of a vegetable.
- He or she then calls out the names of any two vegetables.
- The two students with these names quickly exhange places, while
the grocer tries to get one of their seats.
- Of the three, whoever does not find a seat becomes the grocer
for the next round.
- At any time, the grocer may call out “Tossed Salad,” and
all the players scramble for new seats.
- Bring a rutabaga and other tough-skinned fruits and vegetables
- Have players sit in a circle and pass the rutabaga around as
they count from left to right, starting with the number one.
- When the number five or any multtiple of five comes up, the
word “Rutabaga” is called out instead.
- Match the other vegetables to different numbers, and play the
game with different multiples.
- Variation: Play the game with sevens. Whenever “Rutabaga” (or
whatever) is called, the direction of the number-calling is reversed.
If the game progresses into the 70s, the counting changes to “rutabaga
1, rutabaga 2,” etc. Whenever a player makes a mistake,
he or she gets one penalty point and starts the game from the
Oklahoma Ag in the Classroom is a program of the Oklahoma Cooperative
Extension Service, Oklahoma Department of Agriculture, Food and Forestry
and the Oklahoma State Department of Education
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