The cold weather has officially moved into the Midwest over the past couple weeks. The kids have been outside playing in the snow already and I’ve been dreaming of all of the wonderful comfort food recipes I’ll be able to prepare for the family this season. When I think about comfort food, soup is often at the top of the list. Soup just warms the soul – it can be a meal in itself, and it’s loved by both kids and adults, alike.
Do you remember eating Alphabet Soup when you were a child? Growing up it was one of my favorite meals. I’d dig my spoon into my bowl searching for certain letters, drinking the broth in order to “drain” the letters and then rummaging through the pasta to see what kinds of words I could make. Little did I know I was actually learning while I was eating my lunch.
Today I’m sharing three fun alphabet activities and a delicious and easy recipe for Alphabet Vegetable Soup! Let’s get started with some letter fun!
We used the Wooden Alphabet Magnets and the Stainless Steel Pots & Pans Play Set for this game. I took the larger “soup” pot and put all of the letters inside and then gave each of the kids a smaller saucepan. They took a handful of letters from the larger pot and put them into their saucepan. We worked together to see how many words we could create with the letters that were in their pans.
GAME TIP: If you are playing the game with toddlers, work on letter recognition and the alphabet rather than word building.
My 3-year-old loved using the Wooden Tabletop Easel to stick the letter magnets to when she was working on the alphabet.
Before you knew it, there were letters all over the table instead of in their pans, but I have to say, it was the easiest alphabet soup spill we’ve ever had to clean up!
Once again we used the Wooden Alphabet Magnets and found some adorable FREE printable bingo cards created by Krystal over at Sassy Sanctuary. I gave each of my kids a crayon and a bingo card and we used one of the stainless pans to hold the letters. I started with upper case letters and pulled one letter at a time. If the kids had the letter on their bingo card, they marked it.
Once they master the upper case letters, you can play with the lower case. The kids had a blast with it and had fun trying different cards throughout the time we played. This is an excellent game for children to play on their own, as well!
Alphabet Fish Pond
For this game scatter the Wooden Alphabet Magnets on the floor upside down and use the fishing pole from the Fishing Magnetic Puzzle Game to snag the letters one at a time. Have the kids think of a word that starts with the letter they catch or challenge them to find the corresponding lower case letter that matches the upper case letter they caught. The kids have so much fun fishing and it’s also a great way to work on hand and eye coordination!
BONUS: Alphabet Vegetable Soup
So, as I mentioned earlier, EATING letters can be as much fun as playing with them! Plan the letter activities for the morning and then surprise the family with a delicious Alphabet Vegetable Soup lunch! This tomato-based soup comes together quickly and is filled with veggies and alphabet pasta that will keep the letter fun going well into the afternoon!
SOUP TIP: Sometimes alphabet pasta can be difficult to find in grocery stores. The good news is, any type of noodle works great in this soup, and it’s just as delicious without pasta at all. Have the kids find all of the vegetables in the soup and talk about what letter of the alphabet each one begins with!
Before you know it, the kids will be making up their own alphabet games and activities! Check out all of this alphabet fun for more inspiration! Stay warm this winter, make learning fun and enjoy a bowl of that delicious Alphabet Soup!
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