Ready-To-Use Teaching Ideas: Cooking
- chart paper
- large pot
- chicken or vegetable broth or bouillon
- cooked pasta or cooked rice
- vegetables (potato, tomato, carrots, celery, beans)
- small plastic knives
- plastic measuring cup
Objective: Children will work together to plan, buy, and prepare a soup for their lunchtime meal.
1 Ask the children what they already know about soup. What kind of soup do they like to eat? What do they think they would need to make their own soup? Write children's ideas and food suggestions on chart paper.
2 Encourage the children to plan a soup recipe that they would like to make for lunch. If you are teaching in a family child care setting, you may want to take the children to a nearby grocery store to purchase the ingredients. You can also request that each parent send in one or two specific ingredients for the soup.
3 Help the children wash their hands. Provide each child with a small plastic knife to cut vegetables. If the children are not old enough to cut safely by themselves, they can assist by washing the vegetables and gathering cut ones into small bowls. Invite the children to count how many different types of vegetables there are. Allow children to snack on a few raw vegetables while assembling the ingredients.
4 Bring the large soup pot to the table. Ask each child to add something to the pot, until all the ingredients are inside. Children can take turns using a measuring cup to pour water into the pot. (You may want to add a can of chicken stock or vegetable bouillon cubes.) Emphasize that making the soup is a group effort!
5 Place the pot onto the stove, cover, and cook. After the vegetables have cooked for a while, add the precooked pasta or rice to the soup. Cook the soup a little longer. Invite everyone to the table for a lunchtime feast of Friendship Soup. Consider sending a sample of the soup home for parents to try.
Remember: Begin preparing the soup soon after the children arrive in the morning so that it will be ready for their lunch. Also, before you start cooking, remind the children about kitchen safety.