You will need
- Pens or pencils
- A4 paper
Before you begin
- Make sure you have enough copies of the ‘Make a meal’ sheet. Everyone will be in small groups and each group will need one.
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- Everyone should get into small groups, and get a sheet of paper and a pen or pencil. Everyone should choose a team name and write it at the top of their sheet.
- Explain to everyone that they’ll be doing a healthy lifestyles quiz, with groups getting one point for each correct answer. The quiz (written below) contains true or false, multiple choice and other kinds of questions, with more than one answer (and point!) available for some questions.
- When everyone’s ready, begin the quiz.
- When all the questions have been answered, have groups swap answer sheets. Read out the correct answers, and have the groups mark each other’s. Write a total score (out of 25) next to the team name.
- Groups can stay together or mix themselves into different small groups. All of the original team names and points should be retained. Give each group a ‘Make a meal’ sheet.
- Explain how the ‘Make a meal’ sheet works. Each of the meals has a score out of five for Cooking time, Cooking skill, Utensils needed, Shelf life and Nutritional value. They also have a cost value. These values are measured in the points won earlier in the quiz.
- Using their points total from the quiz, each group should make five meals for the week. The meals should be well balanced, healthy and nutritious, with a few treats thrown in. Groups should only spend the points they won and no more.
- Give everyone time to come up with their meals, using the points they have. When everyone’s done this, they should come together again to share their choices. Discuss why each group chose the meals they did.
It doesn’t have to cost a lot to make sure we eat a healthy and nutritious diet. However, it may mean that we need to increase our cooking skills, get more utensils, plan our meals better, check food expiry dates and manage cooking times. Did anything you learned from the quiz have an effect on what meals you chose? How might finding some new utensils, learning new cooking skills and planning meals in advance each help save you money and eat healthier? Answer: you eat better quality, more diverse meals when you need them, with less waste.
Make it accessible
All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.