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Vegetable Soup

Some of our children had a trip out to our local vegetable shop ‘Locality’, to buy vegetables to make some warming, winter vegetable soup.

As well as an ideal opportunity to get all the benefits of a ‘Walk and Talk’, this was also a chance to chat about all the wonderful, different fruits and vegetables we saw at the shop.

All the children joined in to help make vegetable soup – which was all eaten up for snack time!  It’s amazing the different vegetables children will eat if they make it themselves,(including parsnips, carrots and artichokes!)

This is a great activity to do with children at home, giving opportunities for language development and discussions about different vegetables, their texture, taste and healthy eating.  In addition, supporting children to start to use some tools to peel and chop vegetables, enables development of hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills, as well as building their confidence and self-esteem, – we used vegetable peelers and butter knives, which take a while, but with some adult supervision results in a delicious, warming and healthy soup – and a fun time!

Recipe Suggestions

A variety of vegetables of your choice – we used:

Red Onions
Carrots
Parsnips
Turnips
Leeks (AKA – “Light sabres” according to one child!)
Artichokes (AKA – the “knobberly one”)
Tinned Tomatoes
Tomatoe Puree
Vegetable Stock cubes and hot water
Herbs, (dried or fresh) – (We used freshly picked oregano, mint and lemon balm from the Barna-Bus garden).

Quantities to suit the number of mouths to feed and your appetite!

Peel and chop up the vegetables, dissolve the stock cube in boiling water (as per directions on the packet), add the tinned tomatoes, puree and herbs, bring to the boil and simmer for approximately 30 minutes – serve and enjoy !

Rhyme – ‘Choppity, Chop’

Chop, chop, choppity chop,
Chop at the bottom, chop at the top,
Chop up the vegetables, put them in the pot,
Chop, chop, choppity chop!
Making Vegetable Soup !

 

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