Supermarket Scavenger Hunt

The following activity is designed to get your kids reading labels and make them aware of what is in the foods they eat. Give them these questions, a clipboard, a pencil, and let them loose in the supermarket. (It’s best to do this during a slow shopping time.)

It will take about an hour to complete, so you may want to divide it up into a few smaller trips. When they have completed the hunt, discuss their findings. It will be an eye-opening experience for them.

1. Find a low-fat or low-calorie ice cream.

  • Name of product:
  • Serving size:
  • Calories per serving:
  • Percent of fat per serving:
  • Does it contain hydrogenated fat?

2. Find the fat percentage in a single serving of the following items:

  • Hot dog
  • Veggie dog
  • Plain yogurt
  • Low-fat plain yogurt
  • Italian salad dressing
  • Ranch salad dressing
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Low-fat Cheddar cheese
  • Which product had the most fat? Which had the least?

3. Find the calories per serving of the following items:

  • Strawberry jam
  • Sugar-free strawberry jam
  • Whole milk
  • Fat-free milk
  • Sour cream
  • Low-fat sour cream
  • Which products have the most calories? Which have the least?

4. Pick your favorite cookie and find out:

  • Name of product:
  • Serving size:
  • Calories per serving:
  • Percent of sugar per serving:
  • Does it contain hydrogenated fat?
  • How many different types of sugar can you find in the ingredients? (Hint: their names end in “ose”)

5. Find a cookie with the least amount of calories.

  • Name of product:
  • Serving size:
  • Calories per serving:
  • Percent of sugar per serving:
  • Does it contain hydrogenated fat?

6. Find the sodium per serving of the following products:

  • Ketchup
  • Mustard
  • Chicken noodle soup
  • Ramen
  • Potato chips
  • Pretzels
  • Are there low-sodium versions of the same products?

7. Find four cereals with at least four grams of fiber per serving.

  • Name of product:
  • Serving size:
  • Grams of fiber per serving:
  • Name of product:
  • Serving size:
  • Grams of fiber per serving:
  • Name of product:
  • Serving size:
  • Grams of fiber per serving:
  • Name of product:
  • Serving size:
  • Grams of fiber per serving:

8. Find a loaf of white bread and find out:

  • Name of product:
  • Calories per slice:
  • Grams of fiber per slice:
  • First ingredient listed:

9. Find a loaf of multi-grain bread (seven-grain, twelve-grain, etc.) and find out:

  • Name of product:
  • Calories per slice:
  • Grams of fiber per slice:
  • First ingredient listed:

10. Find the percentage of sugar per serving in the following products:

  • Cola
  • Ketchup
  • Fat-free ranch dressing
  • Ice cream sandwiches
  • Jell-O
  • Which product had the most sugar? Which had the least?

You can extend the scavenger hunt idea into many different arenas. Try a hunt for fruits and vegetables. A simple list will get them reading signs and identifying produce.

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