Make your own “Winter Warmer” Soup-in-a-Jar

Mother’s Day is next weekend and today is a blistering cold day here in Melbourne town which makes it the perfect day to get the kids onto making you (or Grandma) a mother’s day gift.  Here is an idea for a quick and easy gift that is especially useful on days like today.  You might even like to make an extra one and have it for dinner tonight.

I don’t know about you, but for me winter brings with it the desire for plenty of nice big bowls of warm and hearty soup.  Unfortunately winter also brings with it a little lethargy and can’t be bothered cooking-ness as well.  I’d much rather be rugged up in front of the fire on days like today, but unfortunately for me the children must still be fed.  I have discovered the perfect solution … let me share with you my recipe for ‘winter warmer’ soup in a jar… easy enough for the kids to make all on their own!



1 tsp. dried parsley
1 tsp. dried onion flakes
2 tsp. vegetable stock powder
1/4 cup yellow split peas
1/4 cup green split peas
1/4 cup pearl barley
1/4 cup red lentils
1/4 cup soup pasta/risoni

You’ll also need

300ml jar with lid
1 teaspoon measure
1 quarter cup measure
8 bowls to hold ingredients


1. Set up ingredients in bowls along the table in order of the list above.  No need to measure out at this stage, just pour more than you need into each bowl.  This was Frog’s favourite part.

2. Make labels and place in front of the corresponding bowls, so that your child knows what amount of each ingredient to put into the jar.  Two x 1 teaspoon labels, one x 2 teaspoon label and 5 x quarter cup labels.

3. Get your child to one by one, place the ingredients into the jar, in order of the list above, creating layers as they go. The layers give a fun effect, but if this is just too tricky for your child, put them all into the jar and let them create their own effect – as long as it’s the right amount, it’ll still taste the same!

While they’re there, they might as well keep going and fill more jars!  It won’t matter if the jar is larger than 300ml, any jar will do.

4. Pop the lid on carefully so as not to disturb the layers.  Not that it really matters as it is fun to shake and it still looks pretty all mixed together.

5.  Make a label for your jar with instructions, so that you (or your gift recipient) knows what to do when it’s time to cook the soup.  Glue the label straight onto the jar, or attach it with string or ribbon.  If you’d like the labels that I used, just email me and I’ll send you the printables, otherwise the instructions are as follows:

1. In a large saucepan, add contents of jar to 6-8 cups of boiling water.
2. Bring to boil and, with lid on, simmer gently for 45 mins or until ingredients are soft.
3. Stir regularly to prevent sticking.
4. Makes 4 hearty serves.  Enjoy!
P.S. You could get creative by adding fried bacon, shredded chicken or grated carrot into the mix!

6. When you’re done you can always let your child use the leftovers to create some soup art with some white glue, paint brush & a piece of card… It could keep them occupied for at least another 15 minutes!

This ‘Winter warmer’ soup-in-a-jar makes a great gift or to have in the pantry for those days that you really can’t be bothered preparing a meal!

So, there you go. You got to put your feet up in front of the fire and your preschooler has just made dinner for the next 2 Sundays as well as a gift for your friend whose just had a baby.  So helpful … although it may be a little messy! Perhaps you could let them loose with the vacuum cleaner afterwards – mine seem to love that!


If you’d like to give these a go and use the gorgeous printable labels that my clever friend Jess designed for me then just email me and I’ll send it right to you.

You can find some more simple handmade Mother’s Day gift ideas here.  All perfect for the last minute (that’s how we like to roll here!)

Stay tuned for even more on Tuesday morning here on the blog. Keep warm my friends!

* This tutorial was originally published on Kidspot in June 2013.

More Easter Crafty Fun …

I had the pleasure of creating some Easter crafty tutorials for Kidspot recently.  They are now up on the site and you can go and check them out if you like…

How to make an Easter eggshell vase

 How to make an Easter terrarium

Kidspot has also put out a free downloadable Easter mag.  You’ll see these two crafts in there along with many other awesome activities and recipes to have lots of fun with your kids this Easter!

There’s a bit of an Easter series going on here on the Frog Goose and Bear blog too.  You might like to check it out.  You’ll find lots of fun & easy crafts, recipes and activities to get you into the Easter mood …
Have you started any Easter crafting?  Are you eating hot cross buns yet?  

Some more crafty posts from FGB elsewhere …

For most of this year, I’ve been writing a post once a fortnight over at Kidspot Village 
Voices.  They’ve been sponsored by Hasbro Playskool and have all been about the magic of play for children. Tutorials on simple fifteen minute activities to do with your kids as well as ways to incorporate and entertain your kids in your every day as, let’s face it, we don’t all have the option of child free time and things still need to get done!  I have been meaning to share them with you over here, so here they are, in no particular order, all in one big go!

Just click on each photo to be taken to the post…

This month on Kidspot Village Voices is a whole month of play with even more posts than usual.  I’ll let you know via facebook any new posts that I have written or just check in every day to Village Voices for posts by the other clever creative gals who are writing for the campaign also.

What are your kids favourite activities at the moment?

You can find even more fun activities for kids on our FGB Kids Craft page …

Planting in Eggshells

We’ve been planting tiny succulents in eggshells.  

You can head over to Village Voices for the FGB tutorial to see how we made them if you’d like to have a go at making some yourself.  They are super easy and I love seeing them on our kitchen windowsill whenever I’m at the sink.

I’m really excited to be doing a whole lot of crafts using eggshells for Village Voices over the next few months.  

Have you ever used eggshells for craft?

Icecream in a Bag & Pasta Jewellery!

Pretty chuffed to see my tutorial for making ice-cream in a bag featured on the home page  over at Kidspot today!  Head on over here for the deets on making your own.

You’ll also find there another FGB tutorial, featuring the fabulous Frog, on how to make your own coloured pasta jewellery!

Or for more ways to amuse the kids this weekend, you might like to hang out at the FGB kids craft page. 
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