Food Prints Pictionary

Food Prints Pictionary

Adapted from: FoodShare’s Food Prints Activity
Target Age: Grade 6-8
Key Learning Goals: Understand the factors that contribute to our ecological food prints, understand how food choices impact the environment
Equipment Necessary: paper, pens/pencils/pencil crayons/markers
Activity Type: Standalone activity. Use after initial food prints activity if possible.


  1. Explain that the decisions we make about what we eat can significantly impact the environment (including the natural spaces containing living and non-living things on earth). Ecological footprints are the lasting impacts on the environment that our everyday lives make. Just like real footprints, our steps leave marks behind us.
  2. Explain that foodprints are the environmental impacts our food choices make.
  3. Explain the game Pictionary (draw our your answers without using words or numbers).
  4. Pairs or small groups of students will discuss some of the different factors that contribute to our foodprints. These groups will then illustrate one example factor by drawing it out, like in Pictionary.
  5. The groups will swap illustrations so that each group has an illustration that they themselves did not draw. The groups will try to decipher their drawing, then share an example of that factor with the class.

Potential Factors Influencing Foodprints:

  • The types of foods we eat (seasonal vs out of season, produce vs meat/fish)
  • The way the food is grown (use of pesticides, herbicides)
  • The way food is processed (using machines, fuel, or additives)
  • How food is transported (method of transportation, distance)
  • How the food is stored (refrigeration, freezing, warehouse, electricity)
  • How the food is packaged (plastic, cans, bottles)
  • How and where the food is sold (supermarkets, farmers market, the energy used by each)
  • How the food is cooked (stove, oven, BBQ, raw, microwave, water)
  • How the scraps are disposed of (compost, garbage, recycling, green bin)