Activity Introduction

Your parents or caregivers put a lot of effort into planning what you are going to eat every night. Tonight it’s your turn to be the chef! Plan your budget, choose a recipe and go shopping for ingredients. Is there any way you could source ingredients locally/sustainably to save money and the environment?

Safety advice: Kids will need supervision in the kitchen if they are going to cook their meal.

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently or with the whole family.

Ideal for: Lower Primary, Upper Primary Ages 8 – 14

Themes: 

  • get messy
  • brain teasers

Time required: 40 minutes

Curriculum connections: English, Humanities, Mathematics, Numeracy, Critical and Creative Thinking, Personal and Social Capability

Tips for Parents and Carers

This activity is a great way to teach kids the value of money, and get them to consider the costs of living, which they may take for granted.

Kids will gain an understanding of how they need to plan to take care of themselves in the future, why they may not always be able to afford the treats they want at the supermarket, and an appreciation of all the work their parents/caregivers do!

You might like to let your kid/s take charge of planning and shopping for a family meal on a regular basis to consolidate the learning. On the first time, it could be useful to walk with your kid/s and point out sale items, price variations between brands and value cost of items (usually measured in 100 g). Over time, they will develop more and more confidence at assessing the relative quality and cost/value of items and brands.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Resources Required

  • Device with internet capability
  • Paper
  • Supermarket catalogue
  • Writing pen or pencil

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Learning@Home from Cool Australia

Learning@Home resources are designed for parents and teachers to use with children in the home environment. They can be used as stand-alone activities or built into existing curriculum-aligned learning programs. Our Learning@Home series includes two types of resources. The first are fun and challenging real-world activities for all ages, the second are self-directed lessons for upper primary and secondary students. These lessons support independent learning in remote or school settings.

Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum. 

Worksheets

Student Worksheet

Sustainable Shopping List Meal Challenge - Activity Instructions

Your parents/caregivers put a lot of effort into planning what you are going to eat every night. Tonight it’s your turn to be the chef! Plan your budget, choose a recipe and go shopping for ingredients. Is there any way you could source ingredients locally/sustainably to save money and the environment?

Safety advice: Kids will need supervision in the kitchen if they are going to cook their meal.

Step 1. What’s your favourite meal? Look up a recipe for this online or in a book and write down a shopping list of ingredients you will need. Check the fridge and cupboards to see what items you already have at home and if they are within their due by dates. Tick those off your list. Anything else, you will need to buy fresh. 

Step 2. A budget of about $10 per person, per meal, is a good place to start when planning your food for the week. Grab your supermarket catalogue or look up an online version. Go through and find your

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