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Fizzy's Lunch Lab 2013: Fresh Pick Challenge: Pantry Search

What's The Point

Attention Lunch Labber! Corporal Cup is on her way to your house to inspect your pantry! You better get things in shape before she arrives. Put your child in charge of building a pantry that Corporal Cup would be proud of.

Related Games

Pantry Hunt – Where’s the grape jelly? Help Corporal Cup find ingredients.

Grocery Mapping – Make your way through the aisles and grab everything on your shopping list.

Neighborhood Mapping – Deliver a healthy snack to your neighbor by choosing the right path to get there.

This Activity Will Help Your Child

  • Use direction, distance, and location
  • Visualize placement and positioning
  • Describe relative positions, such as “next to,” “behind,” or “above”

Book Suggestions

  • Inside Mouse Outside Mouse
    by Lindsay Barrett George
  • Into the Outdoors
    by Susan Gal
  • Seven Blind Mice
    by Ed Young


  • Heavy paper
  • Pencils, pens, or markers
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Grocery store mailers or advertisements, magazines

How Do I Do It?

    Build Your Pantry
  1. Show your child a real kitchen cupboard or pantry and explain that you are going to make a pretend one.
  2. On a large piece of heavy paper, draw three horizontal lines spaced about 8 inches apart. These will be the “shelves” of your pantry.
  3. If you want, you can create a “door” to your pantry by placing another piece of the same-size paper over your shelves. Glue or staple the two pieces together along one edge. Create a hinge by folding back the top piece of paper along this edge.

    Stock Your Pantry
  1. Browse through magazines and grocery store mailers. Find pictures of canned or packaged foods. Help your child cut out some favorite food items.
  2. Now stock your shelves. Your child may enjoy playing with these items and moving them from shelf to shelf. Comment on the placement. You might say: “The crackers are below the can of beans” or “I see you put the oatmeal next to the package of noodles.”
  3. Once your child has placed enough items, play a guessing game inspired by Fizzy’s online game Pantry Hunt
  4. Pretend to be Corporal Cup and enlist your child in a search for ingredients. You might say: “I need an ingredient that is above the tuna fish. Can you find the ingredient?” Make it more complicated with two clues: “I need an ingredient that is next to the peanut butter and below the olives.”
  5. Now let your child take a turn at being Corporal Cup and send you on a search for ingredients!

Take It Further

Next time you are at the grocery store, let your child help you find items on your shopping list. Give directions such as, “Get me a box of noodles next to the bag of rice,” or “Pick up a can of chicken noodle soup that is on the shelf above the tomato soup.”