Activity Introduction

Do you ever think about where the food on your table comes from? How is it produced, where does it come from, how does it get to you and how is it packaged?

This is a good activity for kids to complete independently.

Ideal for: Middle to Upper Primary Ages 10 – 12


  • investigate
  • think and connect

Time required: 20 minutes

Curriculum connections: Design and Technology, Science, Personal and Social Capability, Sustainability

Tips for Parents and Carers

This activity is designed to stimulate children to think about the food on their table, where it comes from and how it gets from the farm to their table. Instead of using the picture in the first step, you might like to create your own spread at home.

Lesson & Curriculum Details

Curriculum codes:

Complete lesson for classroom teachers:

2040 – Finding Out About Food – Years 5 & 6

Resources Required

  • Paper and pencil

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.

2040 logoCool Australia, GoodThing Productions and Regen Pictures would like to acknowledge the generous contributions of Good Pitch AustraliaShark Island InstituteDocumentary Australia FoundationThe Caledonia Foundation and our philanthropic partners in the development of these teaching resources.

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


Student Worksheet

Where Does Your Food Come From? - Activity Instructions

Do you ever think about where the food on your table comes from? How is it produced, where does it come from, how does it get to you and how is it packaged?

Step 1. Look carefully at this photo of food on a table and record your answers to the questions. 

Step 2. Write or type your answers to the following questions. If you are not sure about any of the answers you could discuss them with your parent/caregiver or research the answer further using your computer or a book. 

•  What foods can you see in this image?

•  Which foods come from an animal and which come from a plant?

•  Which foods do you think came from a farm?

•  How do these foods get from the farm to us?

•  What kind of packaging do these foods have?

•  Could you eat all this food for breakfast? What would you do with the bits you couldn’t eat or don’t like?

•  Do you think these foods are healthy? Why or why not?

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