Kitchen Scavenger Hunts

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During this time when nearly everyone in the family is staying home, it’s helpful to have activities for our children that are both engaging and educational. A simple and fun way to continue education is to do a kitchen scavenger hunt! Many Ashe County children have received EFNEP Education and have learned quite a bit about food and nutrition. Applying some of that information at home helps to further reinforce its value. If your child has not received EFNEP Education this year, these scavenger hunts can still be completed!

Kitchen scavenger hunts can be completed as a team effort or if your family enjoys friendly competition, it may be fun to see who can complete it first. You may ask children to collect these items, point to them, or simply name them depending on the list you choose. For younger children, it may be helpful to have an adult help them identify some items, as they may not be familiar with the names or functions of various kitchen tools. If you would like to complete these lists, but realize you do not have all of the items in your home, feel free to utilize images on the internet and while looking at pictures of the items, discuss their function with your children. You are the expert in your family, so feel free to adjust these activities in ways that work best for you and yours!

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Here are some sample lists for kitchen scavenger hunts. Hope you enjoy it!!

List 1:  List 2:
  • Cooking / Serving spoon
  • Fork
  • Cutting board
  • Measuring spoons
  • Towel
  • Mixing bowl
  • Napkin
  • Peeler
  • Soap
  • Table spoon
  • Measuring spoons
  • Measuring cups solid
  • Measuring cup liquid
  • Whisk
  • Tongs
  • Rolling pin
  • Food thermometer
  • Can opener (electric or manual)
  • Ladle
  • Something you could store your food in
List 3:  List 4: 
  • Colander
  • Funnel
  • Spatula
  • Kettle
  • Spice mill
  • Grater / Zester
  • Pitcher
  • Food processor
  • Blender
  • Slotted spoon
  • Sieve
  • Kitchen scale
  • Knives (chef’s knife, slicing knife, paring knife, bread knife)
  • Spiralizer
  • Roller blade / pizza cutter
  • Kitchen shears
  • Baster
  • Basting brush
  • Skimmer / spider / strainer ladle
  • Steamer / steamer basket
List 5: List 6:
  • Your favorite snack
  • A fruit
  • A vegetable
  • A grain
  • A protein
  • A dairy / calcium rich food (for those who don’t consume dairy)
  • Your favorite eating utensil
  • Your favorite cooking utensil
  • Your favorite cup
  • Your favorite healthy beverage
  • A canned food
  • A dried / dehydrated food
  • A frozen food
  • A food you can buy in bulk
  • A perishable food
  • A nonperishable food
  • A spice
  • A liquid
  • A food that grows where you live
  • A food that does not grow where you live
List 7:  List 8: 
  • A red food
  • An orange food
  • A yellow food
  • A green food
  • A blue food
  • A purple food
  • A white food
  • A brown food
  • A black food
  • A food that you can’t eat just one in a serving (think small foods)
  • A food that you only eat one at a time
  • A food that comes from a plant
  • A food that comes from an animal
  • A food that comes in a box
  • A food that comes in a cylinder
  • A round food
  • A rectangular in food
  • A smooth food
  • A food with rough textures