- Read "Growing Vegetable Soup" by Lois Ehlert. Available here.
- Before you read …
- Draw a large pot on a large piece of paper.
- Name the ingredients they would put in the pot to make vegetable soup.
- Write or draw their responses in the pot.
- Challenge the kids to see if their suggestions are any of the ingredients used in the book.
- After you read …
- Place real or plastic vegetables next to a large soup pot.
- Give the kids a ladle.
- 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!
- Read “Veggie Soup“ by Dorothy Donohue. Available here.
- This is one of my favorite vegetable books. I love looking at her illustrations. They are done with cut paper and are pretty amazing.
- 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!
- Cut a variety of vegetables
- Dip them in a tray of shallow paint and see the cool prints they make!
- 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)
- Saving Vegetable Seeds … These are so cute I did a separate post. Click here to see it!
Snack Idea: Vegetable Counting Recipe
- For each of the kids, have 1 broccoli floret, 2 celery sticks, 3 cucumber slices, and 4 carrot sticks … and a bowl of dip!
- Print the simple recipe card above & let them follow the directions to get their snack!