Food Chain Game

Source Institutions

Source Institutions

Add to list Go to activity
Activity link broken? See if it's at the internet archive
In this outdoor game, learners role play populations linked in a food chain. The resource suggests a chain with plant, grasshopper, frog, and hawk, but other food chains can be role-played, for example plankton, anchovy, salmon, sea lion. The more "animals" (learners!) the merrier for this active game.

Quick Guide

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per group of students)

  • sashes of different colors
  • sandwich-bag
  • 4-5 liters of popped popcorn (or beans, acorns, etc)
  • data board
  • marking pen
  • kitchen timer with bell (or watch and verbal signals)
  • roll of 2.54 cm (1 inch) making tape


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
      • Animals
    • Ecology
      • Populations
      • Energy Flow and Chemical Cycles

Informal Categories

  • Animals
  • Games
  • Outdoor Activity
  • Physical Activity


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All rights reserved, The Regents of the University of California, 1979