Who is ready for some Grass Soup fun?!?
What? You’ve never heard of it? It’s delicious, nutritious, and I’m kidding.
What I’m not kidding about though is making fun, pretend soup, out of grass and anything else you can find on your outdoor adventures!
I swear I lived outside as a kid. I dug holes, jumped rope, observed bugs, rode my bike, and of course made grass soup. These days kids are so focused on being in front of a screen, they are missing out on all the fun being outside can bring them. I’m going to try my best to show my son the fun in being outside. Of course we blow bubbles, kick around a ball, take walks, and sidewalk chalk, but with him being 2, it’s time to go beyond that.
The thing about grass soup is you can make it as simple or as extra as you would like. There is no master, set in stone, family recipe. That’s what is SO MUCH FUN. Below you’ll find our recipe for todays soup. Tomorrow it will probably be different, and next week different again. The main goal is for you to make memories and fun outdoors with your child. I remember the first time I ever made grass soup with my mom so believe me, it sticks!
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What You Need:
- Water (for the broth)
- Mixing Bowl
- Mixing Spoon
- Sandwich Baggies
- Grocery bag to hold sandwich baggies
- Tray or Plate Ingredients
- Grass (duh) 🙂
- Orange Peels
- Pasta (Yes, this little munchkin talked me into adding real pasta)
- Sprinkles (Yes, I was talked into this one too)
- Small Bowl
- Play spoon or regular size spoon
Other things you can use from outside – leaves, rocks, dirt, mud, stems, berries, sticks, sand, pine needles, branch, bark, acorns, the list can go on and on!
Other things you can use from inside– banana peel, apple peel, cucumber skin, potato skin, carrot skin, (saying skin is kind of grossing me out, you know what I mean eeeek), broccoli stems, basically anything you are going to throw away and waste!
What To Do:
- If you’re bringing anything from the inside, outside, this is the time to prep it. I cut my orange peel, got out my old cheese tray, and found all my bowls while my son was eating breakfast. I also put water in a plastic container with a lid so I could transfer it easily.
- Talk about other things you might want to add with your munchkin. *If they are too young to respond, make the decisions on your own. My son is now 2, but we did the same activity last year when he was 1 and he still loved it! We just used water and grass!*
- Head on outside and look for things that you can add to your soup. You might take a walk or look in your own yard. Either way, have baggies with you so you can collect what you find easily!
- Decide where your “cooking station” will be and add your ingredients to your tray.
- Let your munchkin decide on how they are going to make this soup! There is no right or wrong way!
- Don’t forget the soup spoons for fun *pretend* tasting!
- HAVE FUN!!! 🙂
We hope you love this free & fun outdoor activity!!
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