August Monthly Action Idea
Breakfast GO POWER!

Eat breakfast to THINK-LEARN-GROW-PLAY!

Abilene High School Kids
Abilene High School kids give a thumbs up to whole grain breakfast foods!

Activity Idea: To-Go Breakfast Ideas
Source: Healthy Kids Challenge, Health Works! Breakfast booklet
Description: Kids will understand the reasons for eating breakfast, create To-Go breakfast ideas and advocate for the healthy menu options they create.
Grade: 6-8
  • Whiteboard
  • MyPlate icon
  • Optional art project: poster board, magazine with food pictures, markers


  1. Middle school kids may be ready for more independence with what or whether they eat breakfast. Talk with kids about how Breakfast GO Power helps them to feel good, gives energy, and makes it easier to learn at school.
  2. Work as a group or split up into cooperative teams. Explain to the group they are going to create To-Go breakfast ideas and menus.
  3. Talk about MyPlate and using at least 3 food groups to plan breakfast menus.
  4. On a whiteboard, write suggested food items for creating their menus. Have the whole group identify the food groups represented by each of the food items. Suggestions:
    • Tortillas, low fat cheese, kiwi, apples, peanut butter, yogurt, frozen waffles, whole grain bread, string cheese, salsa.
  5. Suggest a sample menu to get them started:
    • A tortilla "wrap" made with a tortilla, a slice of low fat cheese and thinly sliced apples
    • A frozen, toasted mini waffle, spread with peanut butter and topped with banana slices, and 1% milk to drink
  6. Once the teams create a menu or menus, work together to come up with marketing descriptions to "sell" the menu. Examples: Toasty, tasty tropical waffles are yummy and wake up the day!
  7. Optional: Create a collage of T-Go ideas for a bulleting board display.
  8. Optional: Share ideas with the food service manager to see if the ideas can be used in the school cafeteria; if the ideas are feasible for school menus, invite the food service manager to hear about the ideas directly from the kids.


This activity is found on page 11 of the Health Works! Breakfast 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.