Stone Soup is a great book to read during this cold and snowy winter season. We introduced the kindergartners to the centuries-old folk tale Stone Soup by Marcia Brown. The 1947 fable is about three hungry soldiers who outwit the greedy inhabitants of a village into providing them with a feast. The community comes together to cook and share a pot of soup. The moral of the story is caring, sharing, and being friends makes things much better (and tastier). This story, based on an old French tale has many different versions including The Real Story of Stone Soup and Fandago Stew.
We then celebrated this fable by making our own stone soup in class. Each kindergartner brought to school something healthy from home to add to the soup. We had an abundance of ingredients, including three stones! Each child chopped and added their ingredient to the crockpot. Our classroom was filled with a most delicious smell all morning long. At the end of the day, we tasted the soup and everyone gave it a “thumbs up”!