Sunday, March 22, 2015

SOLSC 2015 #22: How do you make stone soup?

Each day during March, I am participating in the Two Writing Teachers Slice of Life Story Challenge (SOLSC). All participants are writing about one moment, one part of their day, every day for thirty-one days. My slices will be primarily about teaching preschoolers. Check out the Two Writing Teachers  website for lots more reflections on teaching. Thanks especially to Stacey, Tara, Anna, Beth, Dana, and Betsy for hosting this writing challenge. 


Stone Soup

1 magical stone (washed several times for sanity's sake)
1 onion (will the children cry when cutting?)
1 rib of celery (chopped up as small as possible)

2 halves of a red pepper, seeded (chopped up as small as possible)
3 small potatoes (let children use sharp knife to cut these into small chunks - with close supervision) 
3 cans of beans (black, cannellini, garbanzo) (fun for children to use can opener)

4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 baby carrots (as many as children enjoy cutting)

6 cups of vegetable stock (let children measure each cup)

0 salt and pepper (because "I don't like that, Ms. Ingram!!")

Let cook all day in crockpot, until classroom smells delicious, serve and eat.

0 leftovers

21 happy preschoolers, celebrating the end of our folktale unit!


  1. What a delightful activity! Tying it to curriculum, and teaching children real life skills at the same time!

  2. What a great experience for your students. I love the hands on approach...but loved that you said...'with a sharp knife...with close supervision'...lets the children really be a part of it. And then they get to sample the final product....and all connected with the Folk Tales Unit. Super. Jackie

  3. Nice! I would be a little nervous cutting vegetables with preschoolers. The perfect end to a perfect unit.

  4. Wonderful, Maureen. My granddaughter's teacher is doing a 'food' year & they've been cooking up a storm. Each time Ingrid brings home the recipe, she says "you've got to try this, Mom!" So great that your young pre-schoolers get this chance too.

  5. I enjoyed reading about this cooking experience! I also loved the pictures. Thank you for sharing this fabulous slice!

  6. Awesome lesson! I bet some parents were surprised to learn that their child ate so many vegetables. :)