My favorite books and supplies to start our preschool year!

Monday, July 25, 2011


growing vegetable soup

  • Read "Growing Vegetable Soup" by Lois Ehlert. Available here.
  • Before you read …
    1. Draw a large pot on a large piece of paper.
    2. Name the ingredients they would put in the pot to make vegetable soup.
    3. Write or draw their responses in the pot.
    4. Challenge the kids to see if their suggestions are any of the ingredients used in the book.
  • After you read … 
    1. Place real or plastic vegetables next to a large soup pot.
    2. Give the kids a ladle.
    3. Let them choose a veggie, name it and drop it in the pot. Repeat the rhyme below.

Put the [corn] in our soup pot.

Let it simmer till it's hot!

[Corn] is oh so good for you.

Stir until the soup is through!

veggie soup

  • Read “Veggie Soup“ by Dorothy Donohue. Available here.
    1. This is one of my favorite vegetable books. I love looking at her illustrations. They are done with cut paper and are pretty amazing.
    2. This is kind of a silly story and it has a Veggie Soup recipe at the end. My 5-year-old wanted to make it, so one night he helped me make it for dinner. It was actually delicious … and a great lesson on vegetables!
  • Vegetable Prints … Paint with vegetables!
    1. Cut a variety of vegetables
    2. Dip them in a tray of shallow paint and see the cool prints they make!
    3. Suggestions:
      • Asparagus tops
      • Corn on the cob (dip in paint, then roll!)
      • potato prints (cut in half and carve designs in the cut side)
      • carrots (cut off the tip and make carrot dots, then dip the green leafy part and paint with that!)
      • Celery (cut one end, then dip in paint and stamp C shapes)
      • Bell Peppers (cut in half and dip)

PODD VegSoup Seed Packet preview 

  • Saving Vegetable Seeds … These are so cute I did a separate post. Click here to see it!

veggie 001

Snack Idea: Vegetable Counting Recipe

    1. For each of the kids, have 1 broccoli floret, 2 celery sticks, 3 cucumber slices, and 4 carrot sticks … and a bowl of dip!
    2. Print the simple recipe card above & let them follow the directions to get their snack!


  1. Just wanted to let you know I think your blog is wonderful! I love your ideas and you have really motivated me to do more educational activities with my daughter (3) and even some writing with my son (15 months).

    I have just started to try out your ideas and my daughter loves them, I have quite embarrassingly gushed about your blog over in this post...

    Thanks for your inspiration!

  2. We just started a lesson about Food Groups and I've included a link to this page on our Vegetable group. Great ideas!


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