I’m not sure how the conversation got started, but my 3 year old, J, mentioned something the other day about someone making Alphabet Soup. So I asked him if he’d like to make some alphabet soup. Of course he said “yes!”.
Of course, I wasn’t prepared…I never really am. So, I started grabbing stuff around our kitchen to make soup. I got out our magnetic letters, a big pot, and filled up a pitcher with water. I thought that it needed something else, so I asked J if he’d like to add some dry beans or rainbow rice. Rainbow rice it was!
I laid it all out and told him that he could make soup however he wanted to. So, he hopped right to it.
He decided that we needed 10 cups of rice in our soup. So he measured and poured 10 cups by himself. I was a bit impressed…I guess we cook a lot around here
Then it was time to add the letters. He identified each letter as it went in.
He ended up splashing water all over himself, and he loved every bit of it!
Once it was all good and mixed, it was time to cook in on the stove…well we pretended to at least.
He absolutely LOVED this activity and has asked to do it every day since. I liked this activity because he practiced his math and literacy skills, and had a great time doing it!
Here are a few things to note:
- Like most things we do, it got a bit messy and we ended up with water on the countertops and floor.
- Cleaning all the rice off the letters took a bit of time, and the rice had to be thrown out afterwards.
- I was worried about our letters getting messed up, but they all came out fine.