Thursday, June 10, 2010

Soup Is For Learning

(Sharing too!)
Preschoolers can help parents prepare soup and experience sharing while they cooperate to complete a task. You'll be surprised at how much learning takes place!
You will need:
A large pot with a cover, vegetable brush, vegetable peeler (optional), knives, cutting board, measuring cup, a ladle/big spoon, soup bowls and a stovetop.

Ingredients can include:
4 cups water, 4 vegetable or chicken bouillon cubes, and a variety of vegetables; carrots, potatoes, corn, peas, onions, zucchini etc.

Preparation: Wash and scrub the vegetables (peeling is optional). Cut into 1" pieces. Pour water into the pot, and add the bouillon and vegetable pieces. Cover and bring to a boil, then simmer for an hour.
Preschoolers help by:

Choosing their favorite vegetables to put into the soup (making decisions)
Scrubbing vegetables (muscle coordination)
Measuring water and pouring into the pot (pre-math skills)
Placing vegetables into the water
Listening for the timer (anticipating an event & listening skills)
Setting the table (counting)
When youngsters set the table they learn to:
Count objects correctly
Follow simple directions
accept responsibility
Match one-to-one when counting
Enjoy eating the Learning Soup!

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