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Friendship Soup Recipe

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Making a friendship soup recipe is a wonderful way to celebrate friendship with kids. It teaches them to give and take turns as well as cooperate.

kids sharing vegetables for friendship soup

It also shows them empathy. An important part of making friends. This friendship soup activity for kids is a wonderful lesson! Click on the link to see how the story goes as you make the soup.

Soup for kids

The idea of making a friendship soup recipe with kids is to have each child bring something to share with the group that makes the soup better. When all combined, it makes a wonderful lesson and a wonderful meal. My kids LOVE soup and they love making it. Like this vegetable beef soup for kids, or a meatless version of vegetable soup for kids. They also love this beef soup for toddlers.

For a great printable to use with your stone soup friendship soup, check this out.

Their all-time favorite is my world-famous taco soup. I’m asked for it nearly every time I go out around town.

yummy friendship soup made with vegetables shared from kids at daycare

Friendship recipe lesson

This sharing lesson teaches kids that when we all add something in, it makes things better for all of us. If we just share, sometimes what we come up with is far better than what any of us had. And when we are down on our luck and running out of hope, we can find hope in other people.

I love that lesson, it’s a great one for kids. It’s hard to teach empathy and teach kindness in a world that is short on it, but if we keep on trying in early childhood, we have planted seeds for the future and there is hope.

Friendship Soup Activity for Kids
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Friendship Soup Recipe

Vegetable meat soup that kids can work together to make. It's delicious and kids love it and they all help make it and bring something to add.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Soup
Cuisine: American
Keyword: friendship soup
Servings: 8
Author: Christina


  • 1 lb ground beef or chicken breast, cooked and in bite size pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • assorted raw, canned or frozen vegetables the participants bring
  • 6 c chicken stock (or beef)
  • 1 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian herbs or herb of your choice
  • 2 T butter, olive oil, etc.
  • 1 clove crushed garlic


  • Place butter or olive oil in a large soup pot and cook onion until tender
  • Add any hard vegetables, cubed up, such as raw carrots, sweet potatoes, winter squash or potato
  • Add seasonings, garlic, and stock and boil until vetetables are fork tender
  • Add any cans of vegetables and bring mixture to a boil
  • Add any tender raw veggies such as kale, spinach, broccoli, cauliflower, mushrooms, summer squash, tomatoes, cabbage, or other ingredient the kids brought
  • Bring mixture back to a boil and cook until they are fork-tender
bowl of friendship soup at daycare

If you do a teddy bear picnic, make cards for others, make friendship bracelets, or make this awesome friendship soup, whatever you do to teach kids to care for others, it’s worth doing, so hang in there and keep being and teaching awesome!

For more soup ideas, check out these. And for more recipes kids can make, check these out.

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