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My bird (Meyer's) was very proactive about foraging, destroying a couple bags that held food, so I figured I'd let him do that intentionally.
My budgies like to get to the point, but I always set up some game for the linnie and Meyer's to find the food. I'll fold up paper (origami w/ no skill) and put food in the folds or hide some food in a toy. I had a few small boxes that my bird likes to get into, but they're getting to be chewed up a bit much. Plus the Meyer's has this habit of wanting to carry the boxes around and up onto his cage and either falling with it or just spilling all the food out.
I'm even mean enough to put a couple treats in one container and let him check a few until he hears the rattle of food one out of a few I put around him. It's very funny to watch.
It's a good idea when buying toys for parrots to look for things you can tuck food into. They love it that way and it's a good activity to keep them busy and thinking.