We made ‘Stone Soup’ after reading Stone Soup by Marcia Brown. Each child was assigned a small item to prepare and contribute to the soup.
We encouraged parents to spend some time at home preparing their child’s item with them (cutting or measuring).
The idea behind this was to tie in the concept of community into our World Traveller’s learning interest. We spent some time discussing how no matter where you are in the world you’ll find towns, cities, tribes and many other variations of communities of people. We talked about how each member of a community has individual talents or skills that contribute to the community to make it better. Our pot of stone soup was a metaphor for our Jasper Room community.
We used the soup to show each child that they can contribute something of their own to make our soup better and better. All of the children enjoyed creating the soup with items that they prepared and then were rewarded for their contribution when they all sat down to taste the soup with all of their friends. Many of the children encouraged their parents to try the soup when they were picked up and you could really see their sense of pride as they showed off the product that they created.