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Quack and Count 


Pretend Soup

by Mollie Katzen

Pretend Soup allows children to take the lead in various breakfast, snack, and dinner recipes. Children will measure, mix, cut, and prepare ingredients.
Resources for Pretend Soup:
Full Book Review (English)
Full Book Review (Spanish)
Brief Book Review (English)
Brief Book Review (Spanish)
Activities for Pretend Soup:
Arlene’s Trail Mix (English)
Trail Mix de Arlene (español)
Arlene’s Trail Mix Jr. (English)
Trail Mix Júnior de Arlene (español)

Satisfy your taste buds with 19 different kid friendly recipes!


Topics: spatial relationships, counting, measurement, fractions, cause and effect, sequencing, time, estimating, comparisons

Activities To Do Together: 

  • Try some of the recipes in the book.

  • Make up some recipes of your own with your child.

  • Compare different measurements like a teaspoon versus a tablespoon, a quarter of a cup versus a half of a cup.

  • Double a recipe.

  • Figure out if you have enough ingredients to make a certain recipe.

  • Estimate the amount of time it will take to complete the recipe before you begin. Keep track of how long it actually takes.


Extension Questions: 

  1. Have you cooked before? What did you make? Describe what you did first, next, and last. 

  2. Do you think the order of the steps and ingredients in a recipe matter? Why or why not?

  3. If a recipe will feed 2 people, what would you need to do to feed 4 people? If a recipe will feed 8 people, but you only want to feed 4 people, what would you do?


Vocabulary for Building Math Concepts:

1/4, 1/2, 3/4, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, center, cup, halfway, minutes, on, pound, side, tablespoon, teaspoon, top

Please check out the Book Guide for Pretend Soup for more!

Online External Resources for Pretend Soup:

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