Making lid soup at home with a two year old

I had a surprise visit from little Wy this week and we needed something to do so I set out the little table and chairs I keep in my office and a basket of dishes for us to play with…

Wy set out all the dishes and that is when I realized that we need something more to do than just set a table so I pulled out my plastic jar where I have been saving lids and Wy quickly dumped the lids out on the table…

Then Wy began putting the lids in each of the dishes and that is when I realized we needed a bowl so we could make lid soup…

So we gathered all our lids and put them in the bowl. Wy used his spoons to stir up the lid soup and I tried to show him how to pick up lids with the spoon and serve the lids back into the bowls…

But the spoon Wy was using was really too small for the task so Wy lost interest and decided he rather just play with the large plastic jar…

While Wy continued to play with the dishes at the table, I began to wash my real dishes in the kitchen. Wy came to me with the little pitcher and decided he needed some milk in it. I put “milk” (water) in the pitcher for him and our play now moved to some light water play. My floors needed cleaned anyway so I figured what’s a little water!

Wy played with the dishes and lids and water for a good long time before he decided to move onto something else. Oh, and together we learned how to pretend to eat our lid soup then rub our tummies and say “Yum!”

He is such a sweetie pie:)   I am linking our play up to Childhood 101: We Play!

By |2010-11-23T06:00:07+00:00November 23rd, 2010|

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Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. has been working and teaching in the field of early childhood education for over 30 years. Deborah currently owns and teaches in her own part-time, private preschool called The Children’s Studio. Deborah’s deep passion for teaching and working with young children is documented and then graciously shared with millions of readers around the world through her blog and other social networking communities. Deborah believes that young children learn best through play and exploration and embraces this belief in all that she does in her own classroom so that she can effectively and passionately share rewarding, real- life, tried-and-true practices with other teachers, parents, and leaders across the field of early childhood education.


  1. JDaniel4's Mom November 23, 2010 at 8:01 am - Reply

    Lid soup looks wonderful! What a great way to create and pretend.

    • Deborah J. Stewart November 23, 2010 at 3:12 pm - Reply

      Haha, it was fun watching him learn how to pretend to eat the soup. He copied me exactly:)

  2. Jackie November 23, 2010 at 3:05 pm - Reply

    yum, lid soup. Delish! lol
    I love these kinds of activities because it keeps them occupied for so long (and with 2 very young ones here, I sometimes need something that will keep them occupied– other than TV!)

    • Deborah J. Stewart November 23, 2010 at 3:13 pm - Reply

      Lots of little lids keep little hands busy! The soup was VERY delish for sure:)

  3. Shannon November 23, 2010 at 5:54 pm - Reply

    Well, this is just great! I’ve been collecting my bottle caps and tops for a while, and now I know what to do with them! Thanks for posting = )

    • Deborah J. Stewart November 23, 2010 at 6:04 pm - Reply

      There are lots more ideas for lids too – let me know if you need more!

  4. Christie - Childhood 101 November 29, 2010 at 2:24 am - Reply

    We love making soup here too. Usually with whatever loose material is available 🙂

    • Deborah J. Stewart November 29, 2010 at 10:58 pm - Reply

      Sounds like junk soup – that is delicious too!!

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