• Set out some small containers of different colors of play dough.
  • Give each child a black paper plate (for a soup pot)
  • Set out some real vegetables for examples
  • Encourage your children to make small play dough vegetables to place in their soup pot.
  • Examples:  red tomatoes; green beans and peas, white onions, yellow corn, etc.


  • Cut out pictures of vegetables, from magazines or newspaper ads, or seed catalogs.
  • Cut out some kettle shapes from black paper for your children.
  • Set out some glue and the vegetable pictures.
  • Have your children take a pot and some vegetable pictures and glue the pictures onto their pot shape. 



  • Take two large index cards and with a pencil divide each card into 9 sections.
  • Draw a different vegetable in each section of the first card and color them.
  • Illustrate the second card the same as the first.
  • Now cut the second card into 9 sections.
  • Mix up the cards and set them out with the first card.
  • Let your children take turns matching the squares and placing the cut squares on top of their matching squares.

Variation:  Cut up both cards and just let your children make vegetable sets, by matching the vegetables.


  • First, show your children some pictures of some common vegetables.
  • Next, discuss the colors of each vegetable.
  • Then put the pictures away and say a color.
  • Have your children call out vegetables that are that color.
  • Repeat with additional colors.

Variation:  Let your children draw a color card out of a bag, and then name a vegetable that is that color.


  • CARROTS – set out four carrots of different sizes.  Have your children take turns placing the carrots in a row going from smallest to largest.
  • BOWLS – set out three bowls of different sizes.  Have your children take turns stacking the bowls one inside the other.
  • SPOONS – Set out 3-4 different sized spoons.  Have your children take turns placing the spoons in a row going from the largest to the smallest.


  • Set out a large pot in the middle of the floor.
  • Have your children stand around the pot in a circle.
  • Have your children rotate around the pot and pretend to toss vegetables into the pot as you sing this song.

Here we go ‘round the big soup pot,
The big soup pot, the big soup pot.
Here we go ‘round the big soup pot,
Making stone soup.

First we put in a nice clean stone,
Nice clean stone, nice clean stone.
First we put in a nice clean stone,
To make our vegetable soup.

Next, we put in some big red tomatoes,

  • Continue with additional verses and additional vegetables.
  • At the end, have children sit down and pretend to eat their “Stone Soup”.


  • After reading the story to your children, plan out a production of the story.
  • Choose different children to play the parts of the towns people, plus the beggar.
  • Add additional vegetables, or extra parts, or have multiple children go after the same vegetable.
  • Act out the play for another class or for parents.



  • Discuss the story of stone soup.
  • Ask you children if the beggar could really make soup from a stone.


  • After reading the stone soup story, place a clean piece of chart paper on the wall.
  • Ask your children what vegetable were placed into the soup.
  • List the vegetables on your vegetable chart.
  • Besides these vegetables, ask your children if they know any other vegetables. 
  • Add these to your chart.

Variation:  Add small pictures of the vegetables named on your chart at the end of each vegetables name.
Variation:  After reading the story, tell your children that you will be making stone soup for tomorrows snack.  Ask your children to help you make a shopping list for when you go to the store.


  • Tell your children that you are going to make some silly soup.  Each item in the soup, must start with the same sound as “silly and soup” – the “s” sound.
  • Set out a soup pot, and let your children take turns coming up and pretend to throw an “s” object into the pot.
  • Examples:  Sugar, sponge, scissors, skates, etc.



  • Grow some simple vegetables with your children.
  • Do some cooking projects with your children where you change hard vegetables to soft vegetables, such as; boiling or steaming potatoes and carrots.



  • Serve some vegetable soup.
  • Serve vegetable crackers with butter
  • Serve raw vegetable with Ranch dip

Tune:  “The Bear Went Over the Mountain”

The beggar came into the village.
The beggar came into the village.
The beggar came into the village
And said he could make some soup!

The villagers were excited.
The villagers were excited.
The villagers were excited.
Stone soup was so cheap.

Too make the soup taste better,
To make the soup taste better,
To make the soup taste better,
They added vegetables.

When the soup was done,
When the soup was done,
When the soup was done,
They were oh so happy!
                                Jean Warren

Tune:  “Jingle Bells”

Vegetables, vegetables,
Carrots, peas, tomatoes,
Oh, what fun it is to eat
Zucchini, corn, potatoes!
                                Jean Warren