Supplemental Cooking Matters Activities

Here you will find ideas for games and activities to complement Cooking Matters Instructor Guide ideas and themes. Let us know about any activities you’ve created as well. Have fun getting crafty!

Sugar Overload Activity

This activity is designed to enhance the Share Our Strength “Sugar Overload!” activity to provide a more engaging experience for participants.  It utilizes team work and taps into their prior knowledge by having participants  hypothesize the sugar content in 10 different beverages.  Participants then use the laminated worksheet with vis-a-vis markers & calculators run the calculations and see what the real numbers are!

On this page you will find the pdf printouts for 10 beverages and food labels as well as the worksheet template for calculating the grams of sugar in each beverage, and instruction sheet.

In order for you to utilize this activity, we recommend printing out 3 of each beverage in color, 1 full set of food labels, and 10 worksheets.  We laminated ours to ensure durability and ease of use.  Then, just follow the instructions for executing this activity!




Coca ColaHI-C DrinkJuicy Juice

Vitamin Water

LemonadeMinute MaidMtn DewPowerade

Sugary beverages activity instructions

Sugar Calculation Worksheet


Water and Lemonade LABEL

Powerade and Vit Water LABELMtn Dew and Minute Maid LABELJuicy Juice Nutrition FactsCoke and Hi-C LABEL

Cooking Matters Trivia

In your Cooking Matters Instructor Guide you will have access to all of the Trivia Questions that we have printed and laminated to make the Trivia Board for Lesson 6.  Below are links to the PDFs that include the set for each curriculum’s questions.


Cooking Matters for ADULTS Trivia Cards

Cooking Matters for FAMILIES Trivia Cards

Cooking Matters for KIDS Trivia Cards

Cooking Matters for TEENS Trivia Cards

Healthy Options Twister

Engage participants in Kids classes with a healthy take on Twister. We have put together a series of documents to help you recreate this fun activity.


How to Make Your Own Twister

Twister Game Instructions

Pictures for Twister Mat

Common Fats & Oils

visually see serving sizes for common fats and oils. This activity works well in Lesson 3 of the Adults and Parents courses.



Blubber Burger

easy to follow template helps you calculate the teaspoons of fat in your fast food meal. Visually measure out the teaspoons of fat onto a plate — or put it on a hamburger bun to create a “Blubber Burger.” This eye-opening activity works well with all ages.



MyPlate Velcro Board

sort produce cards into their food groups. Velcro makes it easy to assemble and remove. Great for a kids class!



MyPlate Plate

this visual is easy to pass around and can be used with food models 


Create a Meal on Sale

this activity is part of Week 5 in the Adults and Parents books. Use this activity if you are doing a pop-up grocery store tour instead of going to a store for CMATS.




This activity is part of Week 4 in the Adults and Parents books. Use food cards to menu plan for the week. Major concepts include: eat from at least 3 food groups per meal, 2 food groups per snack, and 5 food groups per day, use what you already have on hand, and “cook once eat twice” to re-use leftovers for other meals throughout the week



Stretch Your Meal (Plan Ahead) 

use what you already have on hand to brainstorm meal ideas.



Whole Grain Relay Race

sort food packages into two bags- one labeled “whole grains” and one labeled “refined grains”. The team that finishes first is the winner.



Food Labels

look at ingredient lists and the nutrition facts panels on real products.

food labels.jpg


What’s in Season?

Learn which produce grows in each season of the year



Match Portions with Protein



Vitamins and Minerals Resource Guide 

Need a quick resource to use during class to answer participant questions about vitamins and minerals? This resource is for you. This resource is not intended for medical nutrition therapy.


Food Riddles

fun, easy guessing game for kids. Use when waiting for food to finish cooking, or as a review activity at the beginning of class.