Growing Vegetable Soup Story Sequencing Cards

Growing Vegetable Soup story sequencing cards are a great way to help students retell this simple story. This free printable includes picture cards, a sequencing mat, and more.

When you add story sequencing cards to your literacy lessons, you provide preschoolers and kindergarteners with a chance to practice retelling stories in order.

They also allow you, the teacher, to check your child’s reading comprehension.

If your children enjoy this activity, be sure to check out 5 Stories for National Soup Month.

Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert is an excellent way to introduce young children to the rewarding art of gardening and the essential importance of healthy eating habits.

With story sequencing cards, students will be able to practice retelling the book’s story in order while providing teachers with an easy way to check their comprehension skills.

By integrating these activities into your preschool lesson plans, you can give your students an invaluable experience of hands-on learning that will stay with them for years to come.

Growing Vegetable Soup by Lois Ehlert

This vibrant picture book walks readers through the steps of preparing, planting, and harvesting a garden. There’s even a recipe for vegetable soup in the back of the book.

To start the lesson, read Growing Vegetable Soup to your preschoolers. Be sure to share the pictures as you read so that your preschoolers can follow along as you read.

If you don’t have a copy of the book on hand, you can share the following Growing Vegetable Soup read-aloud with them before moving onto the activities below.

Growing Vegetable Soup Story Sequencing Cards

This pack of sequencing activities includes the following:

  • 5 garden themed picture sequencing cards
  • 10 vocabulary cards
  • 5 sequencing cards with sentences but no pictures
  • 1 sequencing mat and 5 cards to cut/paste to the mat
  • 1 writing page

Preparing the Worksheets

To get started, gather the materials you’ll need to prepare the activity. I suggest the following:

  • printer
  • printer paper
  • laminator
  • laminating film
  • scissors
  • glue stick
  • velcro dots (optional)

Now that you have all of your supplies, let’s get started with the prep work.

  • First, scroll to the very bottom of this post and enter your email address to request the file.
  • Save the file to your computer.
  • Open and print the worksheets making as many as you need for your students.
  • Laminate the pages and then cut the sequencing cards apart.
  • If you’d like to make the sequencing mat reusable, simply put one-half of a velcro dot on each numbered square and the other half on the back of the five picture cards.

That’s it! Now, you’re all set to use this activity with your preschoolers.

Completing the Activity

After reading through the story or sharing the video with your kids, show your students the sequencing activity, and see if they can put the images in order as you read the story aloud one more time.

Afterward, you can put the sequencing mat in a center. Laminate the pages. Cut out the small sequencing cards.

Put the sequencing cards in random order on the bottom row of the mat. Read (or have your little one read) the steps and put the pictures in order. 

This set also includes picture cards of various vegetables. These cards can be used in a variety of ways.

Print two of each page and make a memory matching game. Use them for matching to real vegetables at the farmers market or grocery store. The possibilities are endless!

growing vegetable soup activities


I love when one simple activity covers so many skills! That makes teaching so much easier. This worksheet does just that! But, what skills does it cover?

• Logic: Sequencing events is a great logic-building activity. Kids learn to put things in the order that they happen. This skill helps children make sense of the world around them.

• Motor Skills: Cutting paper with scissors helps children strengthen the small muscles in their fingers, hands, and wrists.

• Hand-Eye Coordination: Gluing the sequencing cards in order (or lining them up with the velcro dots) helps strengthen hand-eye coordination. Kids will have to align the sequencing cards on the mat straight so that they all fit properly.


If your kids enjoy this Growing Vegetable Soup sequencing activity, they’re sure to love the books, printables, and hands-on activities featured below.

Gardening Books for Preschoolers

Fill your book basket with a great collection of garden books for preschoolers. Most of these books can be found at your local library or used bookstore.

If you have a hard time finding them, you can order them through my Amazon affiliate links by clicking the images below.

Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt: (Nature Book for Kids, Gardening and Vegetable Planting, Outdoor Nature Book) (Over and Under)Lola Plants a Garden (Lola Reads)Little Critter: A Green, Green Garden (My First I Can Read)


Up in the Garden and Down in the Dirt – Up in the garden, the world is full of green—leaves and sprouts, growing vegetables, ripening fruit.

But down in the dirt there is a busy world of earthworms digging, snakes hunting, skunks burrowing, and all the other animals that make a garden their home.

In this exuberant and lyrical book, discover the wonders that lie hidden between stalks, under the shade of leaves…and down in the dirt.

Lola Plants a Garden – Book-loving Lola is inspired by a collection of garden poems that she reads with her mommy. She wants to plant her own garden of beautiful flowers, so she and Mommy go to the library to check out books about gardening.

They choose their flowers and buy their seeds. They dig and plant. And then they wait. Lola finds it hard to wait for her flowers to grow, but she spends the time creating her own flower book.

Soon she has a garden full of sunflowers and invites all of her friends for cakes and punch and a story amongst the flowers.

Little Critter: A Green, Green Garden – Little Critter learns that planting his own garden is a lot of fun and a lot of work. But the result—a green, green garden—is something he can cherish and enjoy.

Growing Vegetable Soup Activities for Preschoolers

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