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Let’s Talk… National Soup Month

January 8, 2014

Soup Burrr!!!  It sure has been cold over most of the country this past week.  Are you looking for a way to warm up without turning to the thermostat?  January just so happens to be National Soup Month!!  Chicken noodle, Italian meatball, vegetable barley, even Stone Soup… the possibilities are endless, not just for the kitchen but also for the dramatic play area as well as the math, science, and literacy areas.  Here are just a few ideas to get you started:

  • Explore recipes and have children select one (or more) that they would like to try, either in the kitchen or play space – or BOTH!!  Sites such as Eat Smart Spend Smart or Seriously Soupy are great places to start.
  • Add large pots, ladles, serving bowls and spoons to the dramatic play area.  Encourage children to create their own imaginary concoctions.
  • Create recipe cards and put the cards in the math area with a variety of measuring cups and spoons.  Have children find the measuring cups they need for each recipe.
  • Read books about soup, such as classics like Stone Soup by Ann McGovern, Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert, and my all-time favorite book growing up – Mouse Soup by Arnold Lobel!!  Seriously Soupy has a list children’s soup books, and don’t forget to visit with your local librarians for their ideas, too.

We would love to hear your ideas for warming up with soup this month.  What are your children’s favorite soups?  How have you incorporated soup into the children’s learning experiences?  Let us know at http://blogs.extension.iastate.edu/childcare/nationalsoupmonth/.

Stay warm!!


Cindy Thompson

Cindy Thompson

Cindy is a human sciences specialist in family life with many years of experience in early childhood, both in family child care and parent support. Her experience combined with her psychology background fuels her ongoing passion for supporting the child care community!

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