Mystery Box

3-5 years
Child Development
This activity will make children curious about their food and encourage them to try new food.
A cardboard box
A hand towel to cover the top of the box
A vegetable or fruit
How to Play
  1. Choose any food to put into the box.  Vegetables or fruit with a hard peel work best. 
  2. Make sure children do not see you putting the food in the box.
  3. Ask the students to feel the food, describe the shape and texture, and guess what it might be.
  4. Remove the food and observe its shape and colour. 
  5. Ask the children to identify the food.
    • Ask them what food group it belongs to. 
    • Ask them what can be made using this food. 
  6. Cut the food to observe the inside (pits, seeds, core, peel, juicy vs. dry). 
  7. Prepare the food in a dish, serve, and enjoy.
Change it up / Alternatives / Additional Options
  • Use the mystery food as part of the daily snack.
  • Try using these foods:
    • Kiwi, dried apricot, avocado, zucchini
    • Dried lentils, kidney beans or chickpeas
    • Rotini, linguine, rice

Adapted from Healthy After Schools