Station Name:   Food Traffic Lights Shuttle

Type of Activity :  Teams event - relay

Station Leaders :

1.____________________      2. .____________________ 

3.____________________     4. .____________________


Equipment Needed: 4 lanes set up :  B Y R G

Ø     4 crates B Y R G - one of each colour at the end of lane.-one of each colour at the end of line (Position 6) containing 6 food items each

Ø     4 x3-red-yellow-green-TRAFFIC-LIGHT crates for each lane (one of each colour at the end of lane. B Y R G

Ø      5 green tires (Positions 5,4,3,2,1) with corresponding NUMBER CARD affixed to floor

Ø      5 blue tires (Positions 5,4,3,2,1) with corresponding NUMBER CARD affixed to floor

Ø      5 red tires (Positions 5,4,3,2,1) with corresponding NUMBER CARD affixed to floor

Ø      5 yellow tires (Positions 5,4,3,2,1) with corresponding NUMBER CARD affixed to floor

Number cards nailed on floor next to tyres.  Set up station as 6 children in each team to compensate for classes of 21 and any absentees.

In a class of 20 children START FROM POSITION 5  and take the FOOD CRATES to position 5 for all houses – ignore number card 6 which will be nailed to the ground (E.g.for Class of 19, there will be one empty position 4)







In a class of 21 children set the treasure chest at position 6 to accommodate the groups of 6.  There will be empty position 5s with classes of 21/22 in some lanes.







The objective is for all 6 food items to move one at a time, (from the end line bucket), down the line of children, and put into the  "TRAFFIC LIGHTS FOOD SYSTEM CRATES" at the front of the lane.  This is repeated until 6 food items are transferred by each team.


Green foods : foods that we have the green light to eat A LOT of – fruit, vegetables, bread, pasta. Low sugar cereals etc

Yellow Foods : Foods that are important for us – but SOME of – milk, cheese, yoghurt, fish, meat etc

Red Foods : these types of food are also important for us, but A LITTLE OF- sweets, margerine, high sugar cereals etc.



The child at Position 5/6 (depending on the class), picks up the any food item. Upon signal from class teacher, the children at the starting line, runs down to the child at a position further up the line (sitting on the edge of the tyre with feet out and is looking back to see approaching runner).  Once the food is exchanged, the passer sits in place of the child who was seated on the tire edge. When a child has received food item, he/she must get up from the tyre, and run down and pass it to the to the child further down the line …5 to 4, etc… repeat until child at 1, puts the food in the TRAFFIC –LIGHT SYSTEM CRATE depending on the food type. Encourage the children to help each other regarding into which crate any type of food must go in.  Once the front leader has placed the food item in the Traffic lights crates, he needs to make a “PEACE hand sign” to his/her team so that they all return to their starting position. Back leader picks up the next food item and the children continue passing until all 6 items have been transferred.


NB: If there is no one at position 5 or in the case of any absentees in any position, the runner-giver child has to touch the “FOOD” to the ground in the tyre-centre just the same, and pick it up and pass is down the to the next child. … etc.



When all the houses have completed the Food Transfer the teacher, checks that all house have passed down all the food items (placing is not important … but passing the food in a nice way from person to person, and working together as a team is).  The teacher then asks, 

Did you help each other to pass the food item ?

Did you enjoy working with your friends ?

We need to check now how many points the teams earned. One point is earned for each correct placement – any mistakenly placed food items can be rearranged by the team and the team can thus recuperate the point. The children will have “sticker” spots on the food items so if they are not sure they can match the traffic crate to the colour code eg. Green sticker = Green light food.





Remind children what they have to do, esp., if absent child remind that empty tire has to be "touched"

Encourage the children to have FUN and work on TEAM WORK!

v      Is every body in place -  check that kids are sitting on edge of tire.

v      Are you ready to pass the “FOOD ITEM” down the line 

v      … GO !


 In the case of a class of 21.

There will be three teams that have the child at position 6 having to touch the tire at Position 5, and run the extra leg, down to position 4.

 In the case of absentees: Empty tire is sign that child attaparsi is there, and has to be touched by child before her/him.