We recently read two wonderful books for children, Pumpkin Soup, and Delicious both by Helen Cooper.
In the first story three animals engage in their regular ritual of making pumpkin soup.
A squabble soon arises causing a serious problem for the friends to solve.
In the next tale, the friends are once again in a difficult situation as they do not have any pumpkins with which to make their soup. They have to get creative with other vegetables.
We also read, one of my favorite stories, Tops and Bottoms.
This is a clever story line that engages the reader to learn about roots,stems and leaves and from which part of the plant different vegetables come.
After reading these stories we started talking about various vegetables and soups and decided to make our own soup. We made a list while brainstorming vegetables we knew until we had come up with a different vegetable for each student to bring to class. That was 16 different ingredients for us!
The children brought their vegetables to school on Monday. We asked for them the day after a weekend to allow shopping time and an extra day before soup making in case someone forgot an item. We used that day to explore the veggies...we sorted them, looked at them with magnifying glasses, held them, smelled them, and then they began comparing how heavy they were to one another.
The next day, we started our soup activity by writing the recipe together which I copied for each child.
After adding all of our chopped vegetables, we added chicken broth and put the pot of the stove to cook.
Sadly only about 2 children actually liked the soup, but everyone did try it. If we do this again sometime, we will think of a vegetable other than cabbage....hmmm, how could we forget green beans or peas....?!
It was a community and cooperative effort and many of these children learned about some vegetables they had never heard of or seen, much less tasted.