Stone Soup!


Stone Soup is an old folk story in which a hungry stranger manages to persuade local people of a town to give him food. 

In the folk tale, the weary traveler fills his empty cooking pot with water, drops a large stone into it and places it over a fire. One of the villagers becomes curious and asks what he is doing.  The traveler answers that he is making “stone soup”, which tastes wonderful, although it still needs a little bit of garnish to improve the flavor, which he is missing.   The villager does not mind parting with carrots to help him out, so it gets added to the soup.   Another villager walks by, inquiring about the pot, and the traveler again mention his stone soup which has not reached its full potential yet.  The villager hands him a little bit of seasoning to help him out.  More and more villagers walk by, each adding another ingredient. Finally, a delicious and nourishing pot of soup is enjoyed by all.

 It is usually told as a lesson in cooperation, especially amid scarcity.

Kindergarteners enjoying real stone soup in The Outdoor Learning Center.


TLC! Chef, Ms. Debby worked in conjunction with Kindergarten teachers Ms. Jessilyn and Ms. Penny to incorporate a cooking and nutrition lesson with the kindergarten class by way of the famous Stone Soup folk tale.


The students and teachers alike got to enjoy the fruits of their lesson!

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