What’s in my Basket?

What’s in my Basket?

Talking and learning about different foods. Guessing food items by formulating yes and no questions.

This activity requires food cards. Contact us to find out more about how to get food cards for your school.

Food card activity
30-40 mins
  • HWB 0-30a - Together we enjoy handling, tasting, talking and learning about different foods, discovering ways in which eating and drinking may help us to grow and keep healthy.

  • HWB 1-30a - By investigating the range of foods available I can discuss how they contribute to a healthy diet.

  • HWB 0-15a - I am developing my understanding of the human body and can use this knowledge to maintain and improve my wellbeing and health.

  • HWB 1-15a - I am developing my understanding of the human body and can use this knowledge to maintain and improve my wellbeing and health.

  • LIT 1-07a - I can show my understanding of what I listen to or watch by responding to and asking different kinds of questions.

  • Recognise and name a variety of foods.
  • Create and ask simple questions.


*If your school does not have a set of Food Cards, please request them from us at resources@fss.scot.

Setting up

  • Choose and display 10-20 of the Food Cards on the board onto outline of basket, amount and complexity of food depending on ability of group.


  • Discuss prior learning related to food through asking pupils their favourite foods.
  • Introduce game and rules, modelling questioning style and allow pupils to have a go at making up some questions prior to actually starting the game.
  • Examples of suitable questions can be given:
    • is it a fruit?
    • does it have a yellow skin?
    • can it be eaten for breakfast?
  • From cards displayed, the teacher selects a food and writes its name on a post it without displaying this to the class.
  • Invite pupils to ask questions which can only be responded to with 'yes' or 'no' - pupils can then make a guess based on the information they have received.
  • When a pupil makes the correct guess, that card is removed from the board.
  • The pupil who made the correct guess can then take over the role of the teacher, with support if required.
  • Within plenary, discuss which questions were useful and which were less useful - what made them useful?

Assessment opportunities

SAY – Can pupils formulate and respond appropriately to questions?

SAY – Do pupils make appropriate choices based on information received?

Consider CfE Benchmarks, for example:

  • Identifies, prepares and tastes a range of foods, for example fruit and vegetables.

Cross-curricular links

Literacy and English – Listening and Talking



Pupils who find it difficult to formulate a question could choose one from a bank of sample questions.


More complex foods can be chosen to challenge pupils. Possible choices of Food Cards need not be displayed to widen the possibilities for the other pupils guessing.