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Weekly Activities. Homemade Vegetable Soup


As the weather starts to get colder, we made a fire this week and taught the children how to cook a lovely warming vegetable soup.

Links to EYFS:

  • Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • Communication and Language

  • Physical Development

  • Literacy

  • Mathematics

  • Understanding of the World

  • Expressive Arts and Design


This very popular activity allowed us to talk about making a fire in a safe way, what rules to follow when preparing the fire and what equipment was required. Making the vegetable soup enabled us to talk about healthy eating and why we need to eat well. Each child had their own task in order to prepare the soup. They needed to wash the vegetables, peel them and cut them into cubes. This helped to increase their fine motor skills and encouraged them to take on new challenges as well as thinking about how to do it safely.

Health and safety aspects associated with this activity:

  • We explained to the children how to act when there is a fire

  • Why it’s important to walk around the fire and not run

  • Why they needed to walk around the outside of base camp and not through the middle of it

  • What was needed to make the fire

  • Why we need all the equipment to be ready and close by

  • How to look after the fire once it's been started

  • Why it was necessary for one practitioner to stay by the fire at all times

  • How to safely put the fire out

Regarding the cutting vegetables, we taught them:

  • How to do it safely

  • How to use the knife safely

  • The distance they need to be from the person using the knife

  • What to do with the knife once they finished using it

  • How to use the peelers

Home Activity:

If you haven't tried it already, do some homemade cooking with your child. Children love to get involved and help out. You could show then how to cut vegetables, roll pastry or whisk some eggs.

Here are a few recipe ideas to get you started from the BBC Good Food Guide which includes lots of vegetarian and vegan options:

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