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Go where it grows

Forage through our food chain to find some popular foods we eat and discover where they come from.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • A4 paper
  • Pens or pencils
  • Coloured pens or pencils
  • Sticky tack

Stick up the set up

  • The person leading the activity should use pens and paper to make signs that show places where food grows.
  • Each sign should be fixed up with sticky tack somewhere around the meeting place.
  • There should be a sign for each of the following: Field, Farm, Plant, Animal, Sea, Trees, Jungle, Underground, Bushes, River.

Find the food

  1. The person leading the activity should ask the group to think about what they had for breakfast that day. They should try to imagine where the food they ate came from.
  2. When everyone has thought about this, pick some volunteers to talk about what they ate and where they think it came from (e.g. ‘cereal’ from a field, ‘milk’ from a cow).
  3. The person leading the activity should show the group the signs that they have fixed up around the meeting place. Explain that each one represents a different place that food comes from.
  4. The person leading the activity should look at the ‘Go where it grows’ table below. They should read out a food item from the ‘Food’ column.
  5. When they hear the name of the food, everyone should move close to the sign that says where that food comes from (e.g. for ‘potato,’ everyone should move towards the signs that say ‘underground,’ ‘plant’ or ‘field.’).
  1. When everyone has chosen a sign, the person leading the activity should read out the correct answer(s) and also the information in the third column, before moving on to the next food item. Continue until every food item has been read out.

Reflection

The group has learned some more about where the food they eat comes from. Was anyone surprised by the origins of something they eat a lot? Does anyone think it looks easy to make a certain type of food for everyone to have enough, or hard? How many of these places should we eat food from and how often?

To assign each food item a place, the group had to work out where it came from and move between the signs. Was it tiring running back and forth? Were there any foods that made you disagree with someone else about the place it comes from? Were there any foods that you knew came from more than one place, meaning you had to choose one? How did you choose?

Safety

All activities must be safely managed. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Active games

The game area should be free of hazards. Explain the rules of the game clearly and have a clear way to communicate that the game must stop when needed.