Drink Think!

Make a healthy SPLASH with a Drink Think. Choose water or low fat milk more often.

boy drinking milk

Calcium-rich milk makes a nutritious beverage for this Platt County Preschooler

Activity Idea: Low-fat 3-A-Day
Source: Healthy Kids Challenge, Health Works! Drink Think booklet
Description: Kids will identify bone
Grade: 3-5
Supplies: All the following are optional:
  • 6 cups shortening
  • 3-clear, 1-quart containers
  • Food labels of milk, milk products and other foods that are identified as high in calcium


  1. Ask students why they choose the kind of milk they do. Talk about the influence of family, peers, culture, media, technology and other factors. For example, research shows kids like drinking individual servings from plastic bottles rather than from cartons and that the color of milk package can influence the kind of milk chosen.
  2. Ask: "How much of a difference does it make in the kind of milk you choose?" Demonstrate the amount of fat a person would consume by drinking 3 cups of skim milk, 2% milk, or whole milk each day for a month.
  3. Have students calculate the fat or follow your calculations. Fat Facts: a) Amount of fat per cup (8 oz. serving): Skim milk-0 grams; 2% milk-5 grams; Whole milk-8 grams b) 1 cup shortening weighs 205 grams(USDA Nutrition Data)
    Calculations: a) 2% milk: 5 grams fat/cup x 3 cups milk/day x 30 days/month = 450 grams fat/month
    b) 450 grams fat/month 205 grams(weight of 1 cup shortening) = 2.2 cups, shortening equivalent
    Repeat the calculations for whole milk (720 grams fat = 3.5 cups, shortening equivalent)
  4. Optional: Measure the amount of shortening calculated for each type of milk. Discuss how the visual demonstrates that making lower fat choices each day adds up to make a healthy difference!
  5. Explain in spite of the hidden fat in some varieties of milk, drinking milk has significant healthy benefits. The calcium consumed now, helps kids build bone strength that will affect them for their lifetime!
  6. Ask kids to check at home for labels of milk, milk products and other foods that are identified as high in calcium(like calcium fortified orange juice) or have labels available for them to view.
  7. Have kids compare the amount of calcium with the grams of fat and sugar and come up with the items that are healthier choices(higher calcium to fat and sugar ration).
  8. Ask kids to set a goal to make lower fat milk and milk product choices.

This activity is found on page 12 of the Health Works! Drink Think booklet. For more activity ideas like the one above, check out HKC resource materials. See the Online Store for descriptors and to view the Table of Content and booklet sample pages.