Kid’s corner: Vegetable soup for kids

This cold winter weather calls for soup! Making vegetable soup with your children is a fun way to engage and empower them in the kitchen. If you’re not used to cooking with children, soup can be a nice introductory recipe to try—the proportions don’t have to be exact and your helpers can chop, rip, and slice to their heart’s content!

Vegetarian soup in the bowl with salted sticks.

This recipe is adapted from the book Garden Safari Vegetable Soup by the Kitchen Club Kids and includes opportunities for children to use their color and counting skills too!


  1. cooking pot
  2. yellow onions
  3. brown potatoes
  4. stalks of green celery
  5. orange carrots
  6. red tomatoes
  7. cups of golden chicken broth
  8. green basil leaves


Count out the ingredients with your children, and wash all of them (and your hands!) thoroughly. Rip up the basil, and peel and slice the carrots and potatoes. This can be a great job for children if you choose your tools carefully. In the classroom we often use safety knives (the same type of knife you might use to carve a pumpkin) and there are a variety available online or in stores. Put all the ingredients in the pot, and bring to a boil.  Once the soup is boiling, reduce the heat to low, and cover your pot. Simmer your soup for 30 min (or until your carrots are at the desired consistency). Serve, and enjoy!