Grocery store rally

Grocery store rally

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This activity was inspired by the efforts of the 2014 summer animation team from the Centre de plein air le Saisonnier!

Description and organisation

First, the activity organizer will create phrases in the form of riddles and write them on a piece of paper. Each riddle corresponds to a different food.

For example:

Riddle: I can be white, usually come from a cow. I have calcium and vitamin D. What am I? Answer: milk

Then, the kids are divided into two teams and each given a sheet of paper. Then, each team has 30 minutes to figure out the answers to the riddles.

If possible, organize the activity in a grocery store, since that allows the kids to walk through the aisles to find out the foods that likely correspond to the definition from the riddle; facilitate the challenge by indicating which aisle the food can be found in.

The kids are asked to give feedback at the end of the activity before they are given the answers to the riddles; introduce a period of discussion on various food-related subjects.

Skills

  • Developing an awareness of healthy eating
  • Reflection ability
  • Teamwork
  • Culinary skills (if recipes were completed)

Variations

  • The rally could be altered depending on the age group by varying the riddles’ degree of difficulty.
  • Also, at the end of the activity, it might be interesting to make a recipe based on the ingredients the kids found (i.e. smoothies). To do this, the supplies necessary for making the recipe would have to be available.
  • The rally could also be done as a race to add an extra challenge.

Goal

Introduce kids to healthy eating and the discovery of new foods.

Equipment

  • Sheet of paper with riddles (1 per team)
  • Pencils (1 per team)