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Book: The Peanut-Free Cafe
Author: Gloria Koster
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
ISBN-13: 978-0807563878
Age Level: 6 to 8 years
All the students at Nutley School love peanut butter. But then new student, Grant comes to school. Grant is allergic to peanut butter and can’t sit near anyone eating it. What will the students of Nutley School do if they can’t have peanut butter for lunch?

Activity Supplies:
Lunch box playing cards

Lunch Box cards thumbnail

Doing the Activity: Don't Swap Your Lunch
  1. Read the book The Peanut-Free Café

  2. Explain to children that there are 8 main foods that people are allergic too. (Dairy, peanuts, soybeans, wheat, nuts from trees, eggs, shell fish, tuna & salmon)

  3. Ask children what Grant had to do if he had an allergic reaction to peanuts? (He had to have a shot from something that looked like a pen; an EpiPen) EpiPens have medicine to make us not choke and be able to breathe regularly again.

  4. Tell children, “One of the best ways to avoid triggering a food allergy between friends is to not swap their lunches with their friends. Their lunch was made especially for them, and they shouldn’t swap it with their friends.”

  5. Tell children they are going to play a game called “Don’t Swap Your Lunch,” it is played like Old Maid, and you don’t want to get the card that says; “Oops, I swapped my lunch.”

  6. Put children into groups of 3 or 4. Shuffle the 17 Lunch Box cards.
    (with 4 children: 3 children will have 4 cards, 1 child will have 5 cards)
     with 3 children: 1 child will have 5 cards, 2 children will have 6 cards)

  7. Have children look at their cards and make matches if they can. They are to take the matches out of their hands and put them face down on the table.

  8. Next, appoint 1 child to start by drawing a card from the child on his right. If he draws a match to the card in his hand he lays it down; if a match is not made the child puts the card in his hand.

  9. The child, from whom the first card was drawn now turns to the person on his right, draws a card and tries to make a match. If he draws a match to the card in his hand he lays it down; if a match is not made the child puts the card in his hand.
  10. Play continues until 1 person is left with the “Oops I swapped my lunch” card. (Old Maid) The child with this card loses the game.

  11. The child with the most matched pairs is the winner.


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