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Gardener Vocab Soup

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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