The Great Food Race Game

Great Food Race board game
Creative Toy Shop

The Great Food Race game reinforces messages about healthy eating and physical activity. As you travel around the board, you must try to eat healthy foods and enjoy energetic activities. Game play is simple to learn and might spark some great conversations around your table.

This game comes with a playing board, 24 meal cards, 80 points tokens, 4 character counters (all made of sturdy cardboard), die and shaker.

It is recommended for two to four players, ages five and up. Buy from Amazon.

The Great Food Race - Pros and Cons


  • Reinforces the importance of healthy choices
  • Easy-to-follow instructions
  • Fast game play
  • Small box for easy storage


  • Little strategy; play progresses via chance
  • British terms may be unfamiliar to some families

The Great Food Race Game - Review

The Great Food Race game's cute illustrations charmed my children when we tested this game—and so did the ability to rack up serious points. The premise is simple: Move your character along an S-shaped path that represents a day in the life of a kid. The spaces along the way show activities kids might do (walk the dog, read a book, eat a banana), with a point value for each one. Reading a book might be good for your brain, but it doesn't earn you any points in this game since it's not an "energetic activity." But taking Rover for a stroll nets 5 points, and that banana is good for another 10.

Your kid character will need to stop and eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner, too. Draw a meal card and see what you get: Will it be a smart selection, like veggie soup? 10 points! Or a less healthy option, like a hamburger and fries? Uh oh, that's minus 5 points in your ledger.

Like many games for younger kids (think Candyland or Chutes & Ladders), The Great Food Race progresses based on the roll of the die and the luck of the draw.

I wish there were a way for kids to make (and be rewarded for) active choices, like picking wisely from an array of lunch choices instead of just grabbing the top card in the pile.

Still, the points system makes it clear that some foods are healthier than others, and some activities move your body more than others. So the game is effective for reinforcing lessons and concepts you may already be working on with your children.

The board also offers up several chances to add and subtract points from an opponent's tally. When I played with my children, I used these opportunities to tie the game's message to their own lives. When I landed on the space "Eat some sweets," I had to take a minus-5 points token for myself and assign one to another player as well. I chose to give it to my son, "because you love candy!" He couldn't argue with that.

This game was originally developed for the British market, so you may run across unfamiliar terms: "football" for soccer, "chips" for French fries, and so on. This provides some more talking points about differing languages, cultures, and cuisines.

The Great Food Race Game requires little setup. All its pieces, except for the die and a small plastic shaker cup, are made of sturdy, laminated cardboard.

The game board is in three pieces and fits together like a puzzle, which means the game fits into a small (7.5" x 11"), easy to store box.

Disclosure: A review sample was provided by the vendor.

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