In winter we like to warm our bellies with lots of tasty hot foods. The children suggested their favourites such as quiches, burgers, chips, hot chocolate, pasta, stew and soup. We decided that ice cream and salad were not winter foods. After our mat session we made some vegetable and noodle soup. The children helped grate, cut and peel the veggies and put them in the pot.
While some children were in the kitchen helping with the cooking others were painting some of the vegetables that you would put into vegetable soup. There were carrots, corn, cabbage, tomatoes, potatoes, onions and celery. We would use these later to make a big pot of vegetable soup picture.
After the vegetables were in the pot we added some water and powdered stock and put it it on the stove to boil away for a while. Once it had cooked for about 15 mins or so we added the 2 minute noodles. It smelt delicious and very enticing. We left it to cook some more as we finished off our morning activities and had fruit time.
After fruit time it was taste testing time. We took the pot outside to dish up the soup. We suggested that everyone be brave and have a little taste and then decide after they had tasted if they liked the soup or not.
We were pleased to note that everyone had a little taste. We could tell by their faces that some were not impressed. Others ate a little and then decided they didn’t want the rest. This little girl however ate the whole lot and even came back for another helping. She told us it was just like her Nonno makes.
The next day when the painted vegetables were dried we cut them out and glued them onto a fresh sheet of cartridge paper. We arranged them at the top of the page so that we could glue our pot over the top and the vegetables would look like they were in the pot. Afterwards we asked the children how to make vegetable soup and we scribed what they said. We printed out their description and glued it onto the pot.