Healthy Bodies Need Healthy Drinks Resource Package

Dartboard Drinks

Page last updated: 17 September 2014

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Game 1: Dartboard Drinks

Age Appropriateness: 5-11 years

Learning outcomes

  • Are able to identify the amount of sugar in some common drinks; and
  • Are able to identify drinks that are lower in sugar and higher in nutrients.


  • This game follows a similar pattern to regular darts involving balls thrown at a target (white board or similar).
  • The board is marked in a series of concentric circles with the smallest circle in the centre marked as water. Circles are marked in order from drink most to drink least, ie. the bullseye is water, next circle is milk and so on. A point scoring system is linked to each drink type whereby the drink most circle has the highest point value and the drink least circle has a very low or zero value.
  • This game combines fun and physical activity with reinforcement of learning outcomes.

Required items

  • A target (white board/rebound wall/material, etc).
  • Scoring table (this can be written up on the same board – or on paper).
  • Three (3) x balls.
  • Pen and paper for scoring.
  • Masking tape or other suitable marking system to mark the standing position for the thrower.
Described in Dartboard target  text link dartboard target gameDartboard target text description

Person's NameDrink TypePoints on each throwTally (total points)


  1. On the ground measure or pace approximately 3m from the target.
  2. Discuss the scoring table with the participants, including the sugar and nutrient characteristics of each type of drink.
  3. The participant stands with their toes behind the line. With 3 throws, the thrower attempts to hit the bullseye to achieve maximum points.
  4. After the last ball is thrown, the score total or total drink types (for younger players) is recorded.
  5. Repeat steps 3 -4 with each other player.
  6. The winner is declared after 5 or more rounds, depending on class size.
  7. With a large group consider multiple targets and 2 -4 players per target.


  • Compare the amount of sugar in soft drink and 100% juice.
  • Discuss the difference between added sugars and naturally occurring sugars.
    • Naturally occurring sugars are found in a variety of foods. For example, milk has natural sugar (lactose). Fruit and fruit juice contains natural sugar (fructose).
    • Added sugars are defined as all sugars and syrups that are added to foods during processing and preparation.

Key messages

  • Although some drinks and foods contain natural sugar, like milk and fruit, they also contain nutrients and when consumed in moderation as part of healthy eating can contribute to good health.
  • Intake of added sugar in our diets should be minimised.
  • When consumed in large amounts, sugar can contribute to weight gain and tooth decay and being overweight can lead to heart disease, diabetes and other chronic diseases.
  • Remember to judge a drink or food by the nutrients it offers rather than simply the sugar content.
  • Remember to read the label to see what your drink contains.