Thank you Cerys, for the invitation to participate in Story Book Summer! I’m Betsy, a photographer and mom of two boys. You can find me at BPhotoArt.com, where I blog about photography and parenthood.

Stone Soup is a classic tale about making something from “nothing” and learning to share. My toddler and I have read several takes on the classic, including one that uses a cactus thorn instead of a stone. But for this activity, we went back to Marcia Brown’s 1947 adaptation: Stone Soup (a Caldecott Honor Book). Stone Soup is about three soldiers who are hungry, a village of peasants who pretend they have nothing to eat. The soldiers trick the peasants into sharing their food by offering to make stone soup. As they cook the mysterious soup, the peasants retrieve their hidden food, adding it to the pot to make the soup “even better.”

Making Crock Pot Soup with kids to bring alive the book Stone Soup

Our stone soup activity was exciting for my toddler, but pretty simple. We made our own version of stone soup in the crockpot!

Making Crock Pot Soup with kids to bring alive the book Stone Soup

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While the version of stone soup in the book calls for carrots, cabbage, barley, meat, milk, etc — we ultimately just used what we had on hand:

  • cabbage, shredded
  • carrots, sliced into rounds
  • onion, diced
  • celery, chopped
  • pumpkin puree
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • poultry seasoning
  • one redskin potato, whole (our stone)
  • water or broth

In addition to the food items, you’ll want a crockpot, cutting board, and knives. My son regularly uses a plastic lettuce knife to help prep food in our kitchen.

Making Crock Pot Soup with kids to bring alive the book Stone Soup

I assembled our ingredients on the counter, and invited my toddler to help me make stone soup for lunch. He was very excited to help cut and chop things.

Making Crock Pot Soup with kids to bring alive the book Stone Soup

Then we put in the stone — our redskin potato. I got the idea to use a potato instead of an actual stone from a stone soup post at TheNourishingHome.com.

Making Crock Pot Soup with kids to bring alive the book Stone Soup

After that, I let my son pick which ingredients to add next. He chose to put in the shredded cabbage…

Making Crock Pot Soup with kids to bring alive the book Stone Soup

And then added the onion…

Making Crock Pot Soup with kids to bring alive the book Stone Soup

After all the ingredients had been put into the pot, we filled it with enough water to cover the vegetables. I turned the crockpot on high, and we left it to cook for several hours (2-3 hours minimum, depending on the crockpot).

When lunchtime arrived, my son was really excited! The soup looked delicious…

Making Crock Pot Soup with kids to bring alive the book Stone Soup

And he was thrilled that we would be reading a book during lunch. As we ate, we read Marcia Brown’s stone soup…

Making Crock Pot Soup with kids to bring alive the book Stone Soup

My son loved eating the ingredients that correlated to those in the story (namely carrots and cabbage). While we didn’t read the story before preparing the soup, I think an additional reading prior to preparation would have been well-received.

When my husband arrived home in the evening, our son was thrilled to tell daddy all about our cool lunch that we’d made. I love it when practical life skills like cooking can be integrated with reading and stories!

Making Crock Pot Soup with kids to bring alive the book Stone Soup

'Stone' Soup- simple soup to make with kids

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Author: Cerys Parker

Ingredients

  • Cabbage shredded
  • Carrots sliced into rounds
  • Onion diced
  • Celery chopped
  • Pumpkin Puree
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Fresh or dried herbs of choice
  • Redskin Potato, whole (our 'stone')
  • Water or Broth/ Stock
  • crockpot/ slowcooker

Instructions

  • Roughly chop, dice and shred the vegetables.
  • Place the whole redskin potato into the crockpot to be the 'stone'.
  • Add the vegetables and onion.
  • Once all of the vegetables are in the crockpot add enough water or broth (stock) to cover them. Turn it to high and leave to cook for at least 2-3 hours.
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Making Crock Pot Soup with kids to bring alive the book Stone Soup

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betsy-finnBetsy Finn is an award-winning portrait and fine art photographer. She lives in Michigan with her husband, two boys, and two cats (Betsy’s story). On her blog, Betsy covers topics of interest for families, including thoughts on parenting, craft ideas, capturing memories, and fine art and portrait photography. You can find Betsy on Facebook,Twitter,Google+,Pinterest,and Instagram.
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Cerys Parker

Cerys is a marine biologist, environmental educator, high school teacher and mum. Realising that life doesn't have to be put on hold and you don't just have to survive whilst the kids are young she shares ideas to inspire you to LIVE with the kids, with activities to do together, recipes to cook and enjoy and family travel to make memories to last a lifetime.

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