Wednesday 24 June 2020
  • Food and Rationing
  • Ages 7-9 (KS2)
    Age 9-11 (KS2)

Let's get Veggie!

Taking inspiration from the children of the First World War, we’ll be reducing our food waste and getting inventive with our leftover veggies!

Mission Briefing

Part of the Family Mission series created during the UK lockdown in Spring 2020. CBBC Presenter Ben Shires sets your veg-tastic mission

Children in the First World War helped the war effort by growing vegetables in their schools, gardens and parks. It is just as important today as it was then for everyone to try and reduce their waste and make more of what we have.

Top Tips for Reducing Waste

A leek grown as part of IWM's Family Mission: Grow Your Own First World War-inspired challenge

Top Tips for Reducing Waste

Growing from scraps:

You can re-grow some vegetables from their scraps. For example, celery and lettuce can be re-grown using leftovers. Once you have enjoyed your tasty snack save the bottom or base of the vegetable and pop it in a bowl of water. Ensure the bowl is in direct sunlight and soon enough you’ll start to see them re-grow. Once they start growing, you’ll need to transfer them to soil to fully re-grow.

Here's one Ngaire made earlier...


Make your own stock:

Perhaps you’ve made a Sunday roast and you have lots of scraps and peelings left from your vegetables. You can pop these all into a pot with a bit of salt, cover with plenty of water and boil them on a low heat for a few hours to make your own vegetable stock. You can use your vegetable stock in lots of delicious dishes such as curries, soups and stews.

Fabric dyes:

Some vegetables can be used to make vegetable dyes for your clothes. Maybe you can try it out on a pair of socks?

  • Choose what colour you want it to be, some old wilted spinach could be great to use if you want something green.
  • Put the veg in a pot of boiling water and cover for a few hours.
  • Strain out the vegetables and the remaining liquid is your dye.
  • You’ll need to add salt so the clothes keep their colour.
  • Pop the socks into the dye and leave for a few hours.

Remember to use an old pot, and gloves so your hands don’t get stained!

Don’t forget to tell us how you get on or even better show us what you’ve been doing with your veggies on IWM’s Facebook and Twitter


Explore Further

Poster for IWM learning content Adventures in History: Cakes Made from Carrots

Cakes Made From Carrots

Join IWM expert Ngaire as she tells real life stories of how people satisfied their sweet tooth despite rationing in the Second World War.  
Poster image for episode of Adventures in History: Carers Part One
History, Media Studies

Carers - Part One

Discover how people cared for the wounded in the First World War, how they used their skills and resourcefulness to make sure the injured were cared for.
Home Front

Rationing and Food Shortages During the First World War

Hunger stalked the civilian populations of all the combatant nations. Agriculture and food distribution suffered from strains imposed by the war and naval blockades reduced food imports. 


Family Mission has been created with the generous support of Old Possum's Practical Trust