Spice World

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In this activity, learners create a map showing the origins of spices and herbs from a favorite recipe(s). Learners first research the origins of the ingredients and then locate them on a world map. Learners glue a bit of each spice to its "home" country and add labels. This activity guide includes extensions for younger and older children, tips for parents, and links.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Recipe of your favorite food
  • Spices and herbs
  • Blank map
  • Political map
  • Glue
  • Pen, pencil, or markers
  • Computer with internet


  • Life Sciences
    • Diversity of Life
      • Plants
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Taste

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse
  • taste
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Access Rights:

  • Free access



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Funding Source:

  • Thinkfinity Verizon Foundation