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Activity Teacher Notes 2.8

2.8 Food for camping – keeping it light

Levels: P, S
Focus curriculum areas: Health and well-being
Supporting curriculum area: Mathematics/numeracy
Key concepts: Nutritional food, weight

children cooking bowls of cereal

Understanding goals

Students recognise the components of a balanced diet and adequate nutrition for camping trips.

You will need

Scales to weigh food
Students or teacher to bring food from list
See Background Note 2d - Foodlist for extended walks


Discuss the difference between needs and wants. Make two lists of food titled NEEDS and the other WANTS.

How would your food needs and wants differ from someone from a different country?


1. Discuss and list the main food groups.

  1. List five high-energy foods that are healthy and nutritious.
  2. List five foods that are high in protein.
  3. List five sources of carbohydrate.
  4. List five natural foods that are high in natural sugar.

2. Investigate ways of preserving food, historically and current technologies.

3. Work out a menu for two people, for four days (three nights). Work out what quantities you would need from the food list for extended walks.Students bring in the food from their own list for a lightweight meal (breakfast, lunch or dinner).

a) In pairs, weigh it and then prepare it perferably using a fuel stove or outside fire.
b) Were the quantities enough to satisfy your appetite?
c) Write a paragraph of recommendations about your meal or your recipe for other students to read.

4. Plan a bush walk where you can prepare and eat your lightweight meals.

Dehydrating food

children playing
5. You will need:
  • food dehydrator or access to an oven with flat trays
  • power point timer
  • various types of fruit including banana, apple, pear, strawberry
  1. Chop up fruit late in the day and put it in the dehydrator or oven on very low heat.
  2. Check you know how to set the timer and that it is working correctly. Set timer to start so that fruit will be ready around 7 am. (Apples in a dehydrator generally take around 10–12 hours.) Enjoy your healthy snack for morning tea.
  3. Make up a recipe to use your dried fruit.

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