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Stone Soup
Type: Recipes   Skills: Health & SafetyScience & Environment
“Stone Soup” is a heartwarming story about what happens when neighbors learn to come together, share their favorite vegetables and make a wonderful meal. Several books have been made from this classic storyline. The book featured on our show was written by Jon J. Muth and is set in China. You can turn this storybook into a real-life cooking experience and make “Stone Soup” - a vegetable soup cooked with a sanitized rock. It’s simple, safe to do and the kids go crazy over it. Stone Soup
What We Learn
With “Stone Soup,” a provider can promote sharing, teach cultural diversity, incorporate a cooking lesson and get kids to eat their veggies. Children learn how to follow directions, cutting skills in regard to hand-eye coordination, how to prepare a healthy meal and cooperation.
Supply List
Chicken or vegetable broth
Vegetables (such as carrots, zucchini, cabbage, potatoes, celery)
Plastic knives
Wooden spoon
There are a few different approaches you can take with this activity. After reading the story, you can ask the kids to bring in a vegetable from home to include in the soup. Or you can have the kids write or draw vegetables to be included in your “stone soup” and go on a field trip with the kids to the supermarket. Finally, you can simply pre-purchase the vegetables and have them ready to go once you’ve finished reading the story aloud.

Wash each vegetable and give each child a plastic knife to cut their vegetables in small pieces and put them in the stone soup. You can include vegetables can such as carrots, zucchini, cabbage, potatoes, onions, celery, etc. Vegetables such as onions, the provider should handle. Other larger vegetables, such as potatoes, might be hard to cut with a plastic knife, so you might need to cut into smaller pieces before giving to a child.

Place water and chicken or vegetable broth into a pot. Next place a large stone in the middle of the pot. Or get smaller stones and have each of children place their stone in the pot.

The rocks should be well-sanitized before placing in the pot. Wash and boil the stone thoroughly, to make sure it’s clean. Remember, the stones should be large enough so that there’s no way they can fit inside a child’s mouth. If you don’t have stones readily available, you can always purchase some at a nearby nursery or gardening store. (You can always make the soup without rocks – they aren’t necessary for the recipe. It just makes it more fun.)

Have each child add the vegetables that they cut to the pot. Add salt and pepper and other seasoning, if desired. Place the pot on the stove and cook.

Stir with a wooden spoon and cook the broth until the vegetables are tender. Then serve to each of the children as a meal. Remember to make sure the soup has cooled to a reasonable temperature before serving.
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