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The price is right

Find the price tag that fits your food as we look at how much our everyday groceries cost.
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Scissors
  • Access to a computer
Food and price cards
PDF – 4.5MB

Before you begin

  • The person leading the activity should use scissors to cut out the cards from the ‘Food and price cards' sheet. Pile the food cards and price cards separately. Shuffle the price cards.
  • The person leading the activity should prepare some research materials about the price of food. If the meeting place has internet access and the group have mobile phones, they can use the internet for research. Check that the internet is working.

Pair the prices

  1. The person leading the activity should ask everyone to think about very expensive food items and very cheap food items. Split everyone into small groups and tell them to use the resources to read up on the cost of food. Those with mobile phones may use the internet, though there should be some hard-copy resources for those without internet access. Give everyone 10 minutes to do this.
  2. Each group should talk about the ingredients that go into making their favourite meals. Everyone should try to think about what each ingredient costs. If they don’t know, they can look it up. See if everyone can work out the total cost of the ingredients in their dish.
  3. The person leading the activity should go among the groups and explain that food prices depend on a number of different factors (for example, the season, the shop, whether it is fresh or frozen, where the food comes from). When everyone has an idea of what their favourite dish costs, they should now come together again as one group in the centre of the meeting space.
  4. The person leading the activity should give out the cut-out food and price cards. Each person should get a food item that they should hold onto for the whole activity. They can, however, swap their price card with another person’s. As the price cards were shuffled earlier, the food and price cards each person holds don’t match. Each person must try and find the right price card for their food item.
  1. Everyone should keep trading price cards with everyone else until the group is satisfied that they all have the right prices for their food cards. Everyone should now get in line with the person holding the lowest price card at one end and the person holding the highest price card at the other. The price cards should now be ranked from lowest to highest.


The group has tried to work out the prices of some popular food items. Why is it important to have an awareness of how much food costs? What kinds of food were most expensive: fresh, frozen, imported or canned? How would this information help you if you were doing the grocery shopping this week, with only a small amount of money to spend?



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