Building life skills with lid soup!

I am an avid saver of all kinds of lids. I love the colors, the shapes, the sizes and the many, many things you can do with them in the preschool classroom. For a little waterplay fun, the children whipped up some lid soup…

Lid Soup by Teach Preschool

There wasn’t much to prepare here. Just add water and lids and some tools for play and you have lid soup…

Lid Soup by Teach Preschool

And no real need for any guidance or instructions. The kids instinctively know how to make their own lid soup as soon as they see the water table all set up for play…

Lid Soup by Teach Preschool

Oh, and don’t be surprised if your students add other ingredients to your lid soup. My students decided to add a few dinosaurs to their soup. I am not sure if the dinosaurs are actually part of the soup or if they just stopped by to take a swim in the water table…

Lid Soup by Teach Preschool

You see, the goal of this process isn’t to define for the children what I think should be fun but rather to give the children tools for play so that they can then apply their own ideas based on what they think is fun…

Lid Soup by Teach Preschool

Whether a child is stacking and balancing lids in a cup, pouring water from a ladle, or giving a dinosaur a bath these types of play are fostering new skills which can also be used in real life situations such as pouring a cup of juice in a cup or scooping up their own snack…

Lid Soup by Teach Preschool

And as the children play, they are also focusing, concentrating, communicating, collaborating, and building life skills…

Lid Soup by Teach Preschool

So if you haven’t had lid soup yet, start saving up those lids (or have the kids help you do it) and then step back and observe the kinds of play, learning, and development that is happening as the children play…

Lid Soup by Teach Preschool

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By |2013-10-09T23:00:45+00:00October 9th, 2013|

About the Author:

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. Kristi October 10, 2013 at 9:55 am - Reply

    I love your website and enjoy using and sharing the ideas found here with my coworkers. I was wondering where you purchased your water table. I love the sectioning of it and haven’t been able to find one quite like that in the places that I have been looking. It looks as though it may have been made by hand. If so, how did you figure the dimensions? Thanks!

  2. Anne-Marie October 10, 2013 at 3:22 pm - Reply

    I love the simplicity of this exercise… and letting the kids self direct their own play. It’s gratifying to see kids learn skills when they don’t realize they are learning.

  3. Amber @ Mamas Blissful Bites October 10, 2013 at 5:44 pm - Reply

    Just put this together for my kids and they had a blast! What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing

  4. Dina October 10, 2013 at 6:39 pm - Reply

    I was going to do a dot day- and this would be so cute in the sensory tub.
    Now all I have to do is start saving lids !

  5. Rebecca October 10, 2013 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    This is a wonderful idea! I have been saving up lids to use for 3-D art but we can make lid soup first!

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