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Gardener Vocab Soup

Updated: Mar 9

Soup's on gardeners! Did you know that cooking with your kids is one of our favorite ways to boost their social and emotional learning (SEL) development? Today we are sharing a family friendly and FUN alphabet, vegetable soup recipe. This hands-on, early literacy activity is a great SEL learning tool with the added benefit of being delicious! Making a recipe like our Gardener Vocab Soup can help build kids self-confidence and lay the foundation for healthy eating habits. Plus, a fun way way to introduce vegetables to young gardeners is to start with vegetable soups.

Making Our Gardener Vocab Soup Has SEL Roots In:

🌸 Hands On Way to Practice Some Basic Math Concepts

🌸 Helps to Develop a Child's Planning and Time Management Skills

🌸 Requires Listening & Attention To Detail

🌸 Builds Self-Confidence

🌸 Fun Early Literacy Activity

Scroll down for step-by- step instructions and scroll all the way down to earn your gardening tool badge for this activity!

Gardener Vocab Soup

3-4 oz of alphabet pasta

4 stalks of celery, chopped

2-3 carrots, chopped

½ an onion, chopped

2-4 cloves of garlic, minced

4 TBSP butter (half a stick)

2 bouillon cubes

3-4 cups of chicken or vegetable broth

1 cup of water

1 tsp Salt

1 tsp Pepper

1.5 tsp Sage

4-5 sprigs of Thyme, minced

2 tsp Crushed Red Pepper Flakes

  1. Dice your onion, carrots, celery & garlic. Set aside.

  2. Put your pot on the stove & set to medium/low heat.

  3. Add your butter. Once melted, add your onions.

  4. Let the onions cook down for about 5 minutes. When visibly softened, add carrots & celery.

  5. Cook down the carrots & celery for another 5-7 minutes. Then add your garlic.

  6. Add your salt, pepper, sage & crushed red pepper. Let everything simmer.

  7. Boil water in a separate pot. When ready add your alphabet pasta & boil for 9-12 minutes - follow the directions on your bag/box of pasta.

  8. When ready, add the pasta and your minced thyme to the soup. Stir and let simmer for 2-3 more minutes.

  9. Salt and pepper to taste, add a little extra thyme on top if desired. Serve and enjoy!

(Recipe makes 5-6 servings, adjust for your family!)


-We recommend turning this recipe into an opportunity to refresh your child’s gardening vocabulary. Have them spell out words like “weeds” and “flowers” with the pasta letters.

-We also recommend that an adult is present and/or cooks this recipe as it involves boiling water and knife skills.

-Adjust this recipe as you see fit for your family! Add shredded chicken, extra veggies from your fridge, use more/less broth!


Hey gardeners here are some more fun facts about soup:

  • They're healthy.

  • Most ingredients are inexpensive and easy to prepare.

  • Soups freeze very well.

  • They can keep your body nourished and hydrated.

  • They can give your immune system a boost.


Hey gardeners...did you make our Gardner Vocab Soup? If so, congratulations, you just earned the Gardener Vocab Soup Gardening Tool Badge!

--> Click the badge to download a pdf sticker for your Gardening Tool Badge Collector Sheet!

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