This is one of our favourite Spring-time activities! Making garden soup is as easy as setting out some bowls, spoons, ladles, a jug or two of coloured water and some scissors so the kids can go around the garden collecting their ingredients.
Making the soup is more than just fun and play. There’s lots of learning going on here as well. The children are practicing fine motor skills as they pick and snip the flowers for their soup. They’re making decisions as to which plants and flowers they want to select. There’s scooping and pouring and using tonging (is that a word?) and ladling. There’s plenty of exercise as they run around the yard collecting their ingredients, carrying them all back to the “kitchen”, and then heading back out to the garden again. There’s collaboration and co-operation and the sharing of utensils in the kitchen, and imaginations flourish! So many healthy benefits in this simple play activity!