Learning Your Food Scavenger Hunt

Ages: 5 - 12

Gender: Male and/or Female

Food scavenger hunts can be a wonderful way to teach children that different kinds of food exists beyond soda, chocolate, and Cocoa Puffs cereal (and let’s not forget macaroni and cheese). Many food banks do canned goods scavenger hunts and you can take this example with you as you move through the list.

This hunt can be done at home with a single sheet of paper or at the supermarket as you fill up the basket. If you want to teach your children the value of charity, you can make this scavenger hunt a part of the gift of giving. Instead of them simply finding any food they can donate, you can have them seek out only those items that are considered non-perishable. This will add an element of difficulty to the task so for younger kids, be sure to help them along the way.

The list is straightforward and we’ve left out letters that might prove too difficult for anyone to find. The letters don’t have to represent the types of food per se; they can also be brand names or manufacturer’s names. If you decide to do a charity scavenger hunt, then you can remove the qualifications (such as Vegetable starting … or Breakfast item starting …).

You can even add certain factors, such as nutritional elements to the things they need to consider (this can give children the first lessons about understanding what is in the foods that they consume). You can make this scavenger hunt an annual ritual, at any time but especially during the holidays, as a way to give to charity.

Be sure to reward the kids with a prize at the end of the scavenger hunt. This can be anything as simple as a nutritious fruit salad from all the ingredients collected or a small toy that they might like.

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