Alphabet Soup

Eat Your Words!

Soup is warm, sustaining, nutritious, and tasty. Soup also has a commonplace feeling, since it's eaten daily by so many families. 

This month, we'll show our kids ways to see soup differently, as we hope to associate extra-ordinary memories with ordinary soup.  

The easy peasy challenge this month is to serve alphabet soup. You could:

Exchange Words

You could buy uncooked alphabet pasta, cook it separately, and throw it into a soup you already know your kids like. Surprise them by floating letters on top of their bowl of soup or arranging letters around the rim of the bowl to spell out:

  • Their name
  • I Love You
  • A special message

Or let the kids pick the letters to go in their soup, so they can "eat their words." Encourage the word play! 

Some kids may want to play with the dry pasta, too, spelling out words and sentences.

Kids might also wonder how long alphabet soup has been around. You can tell them alphabet pasta is at least 150 years old.


There are all kinds of alphabet pastas today, though specialty pastas are pricier and harder to find: 

If other fun or unique pasta shapes might be more interesting for your family, feel free to use those instead of alphabet pasta. Get your kids involved in deciding whether they want to eat dinos, heart-shaped pasta for Valentines Day, or wagon wheels. 

There are lots of pastabilities!

See Soup Differently

Here's a poem that celebrates finding the wonder in the ordinary: 

Make the Ordinary Come Alive

Do not ask your children to strive for extraordinary lives.
Such striving may seem admirable, 
but it is a way of foolishness. 
Help them instead to find the wonder 
and the marvel of an ordinary life. 
Show them the joy of tasting tomatoes, apples, and pears. 
Show them how to cry when pets and people die. 
Show them the infinite pleasure in the touch of a hand. 
And make the ordinary come alive for them. 
The extraordinary will take care of itself.

By William Martin
Ancient Advice for Modern Parents

Posted February 1st, 2018
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