VALUE: Having an understanding of and respect for how food is grown/where it comes from
I read an article recently that stated that one third of children think that yoghurt comes from a plant and that 75% of kids think cotton comes from an animal. It makes me incredibly sad to think there is such a disconnect between our kids and the food that they eat.
This disconnect is just one reason that I am passionate about education around agriculture, and in particular teaching kids about food production. I want Clara to grow up with a strong understanding of and respect for food – where and how it’s grown, the effort it takes to get it from the farm to our table and the care it should be shown we we prepare it for eating.
If having an understand of and respect of where food comes from is a value on your masterlist then this activity is just one simple way that you can purposefully teach your children about food production and foster a love and respect for healthy, wholesome food!
Fruit and Vegetable Scavenger Hunt for Kids
There are so many reasons I love this activity.
Aside from giving children the opportunity to learn about a whole range of fruit and veg, it also involves the whole family and gets your kids outside! This one activity combines three of our family’s core values, which means we get to simultaneously teach a variety of really important lessons…and I’m sure if you took a look at your own values masterlist you would find it combines a few of yours as well!
Another great reason to give this activity a go is that it gets kids interested in food. It makes food fun! And if you can peak your kids interest and make learning about food fun, then there’s a good chance they’re going to find being involved in the preparation and eating of the foods you gather fun also!
Here’s what you’ll need for this activity:
- Your fruit and vegetable scavenger hunt for kids printable (I’ve prepared one for you, and you can grab it below!)
- Your own veggie patch, your local farmers market or your local supermarket
The great thing about this activity is that anyone regardless of their geographic location can give it a go – if you’ve got your own veggie patch you have the unique advantage of being able to show your kids first hand how a particular piece of produce is grown from start to finish. If you aren’t a green thumb (like me!) then your farmers market or supermarket will work as well.
It’s as easy as simply printing off your fruit and vegetable scavenger hunt for kids printable ready for your next fruit and veg pick or shopping trip.
Before you get started on your scavenger hunt I recommend taking 5-10 minutes before the beginning of the pick or shopping trip to sit your kids down and show them the printable, explain you’ll be going on a fruit and vegetable scavenger hunt and that their task is to find as many piece of produce from the list as they can.
Remember that although this is a learning experience, it’s also meant to be fun. Use this freebie as a guide and make the activity your own – you could give stickers for every fruit or vegetable found, do a hunt specific for fruits to use in a fruit salad or for vegetables specific to a meal… the options are endless!
If you try this activity, I would love for you to share your experience in our private facebook group.