Label it!

Label it!

Learning about food labels and how to use them to make informed choices when choosing food.

This activity requires food cards. Contact us to find out more about how to get food cards for your school.

Food card activity
45-60 minutes x 4

CfE Experiences and Outcomes

  • HWB 2-30a - By applying my knowledge and understanding of current healthy eating advice I can contribute to a healthy eating plan.

  • HWB 2-36a - By investigating food labelling systems, I can begin to understand how to use them to make healthy food choices.

  • HWB 3-36a - Using my knowledge of nutrition and current healthy eating advice, I can evaluate the information on food packaging, enabling me to make informed choices when preparing and cooking healthy dishes.

Learning intentions / Success criteria

  • We are learning to understand the colour coding on food labels
  • We are learning to make informed and healthy choices about food we eat and buy
  • I can explain what each colour code on the front of food packs means
  • I can name the different categories on the front of a food pack
  • I can predict the colour of each category for certain foods


  • Food cards (main meals only)
  • Teacher resource on nutritional labels and how to make healthier choices
  • Teacher resource on Front of Pack messaging
  • Real food packaging for labels and print off example labels on worksheets
  • Make Red / Amber / Green voting cards
  • FSS Cookin Castle interactive game


Warm up

  1. Sorting packaging by: salt, sugar, fat and calorie content
  2. With values covered up to explore initial perceptions of food
  3. With values revealedDiscussion of different results

From teacher resources talk about:

  • Why some values are Red / Amber / Green
  • Daily recommended allowance
  • How this is calculated
  • Why this is important

Creating graphs and charts

  • Create graphs and pie-charts using the information on the front of packs e.g. by comparing the calories, fat, saturated fat, sugar, salt against different products
  • Visually represent front of pack information in a different way for comparison

Games-based activities

  • Guess the colour for each category on a range of packaging (hold up main meals in food cards and teacher has examples of a nutritional label for each of them as an answer ) Class has Red / Amber / Green cards to hold up / vote with when each category is shown. Values and colours are revealed . Discuss differences and healthy options
  • Play Your Cards Right
    • A game like the old T.V. show
    • Uses examples from food packaging rather than playing cards
    • Class needs to vote Higher or Lower for each category of content – e.g. compare 2 cards for one nutrient
  • Find the healthiest food
    • Show a range of packaged food using physical examples
    • Pupils need to identify the most / least healthy foods and explain why

Cookin Castle –

  • Play Cookin Castle “in the kitchen” game to create a day or week of healthy meals - look up front of pack information on supermarket websites to analyse meals cooked


Create and then play a game of Top Trumps

Use information from food labels

Assessment Opportunities


Photographs as evidence

Top Trumps

Guess the colour games


  • Uses different food labelling system to select foods for a specified dietary requirement for example, low in fat
  • Evaluates information on food packaging and uises it to make infomraed choices when selecting food for given situations

Cross-Curricular Links

Literacy – listening & talking

Literacy – write about what makes a food healthy

Maths -percentages and charts




  • Mixed ability groups
  • Pre-prepared Top Trumps
  • Just focus on one category eg. Sugar at a time
  • Remove numbers and use colours or another visual representation eg. spoons of sugar


  • Design your own system of denoting nutritional content of packaged food
  • Design your own food label Top Trumps
  • Introduce portion size, frequency of eating and recommended daily allowance
  • Plan a healthy eating plan or class party
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