Around the world, people eat noodles for lunch, dinner, and even breakfast. They might stir-fry their noodles, cook them in broth, toss them with a sauce, or load them with toppings. Your challenge? Invent your own noodle bowl!

You’ll need to decide what kind of noodles you’ll use, what toppings will go in your bowl, and what sauce will tie it all together. Look through your pantry, refrigerator, freezer, or garden for inspiration. (Tip: Noodle bowls are a perfect way to dress up any leftovers you have hanging around.) There are so many different possibilities to choose from!

Have your grown-ups take photos of your noodle bowl and send them to or tag them on social media with #atkkids. We might feature them on our website!

The Noodles

You can’t have a noodle bowl without the noodles! Cooked noodles form the base of your bowl, but what kind will you use? Chewy ramen noodles? Dried or fresh pasta? Soba noodles, made from buckwheat? Thin rice vermicelli or wide, flat rice noodles? Lo mein noodles? What about noodles that are made from vegetables, such as zucchini, using a spiralizer?

3up noodles


Lo Mein Noodles

Ramen Noodles

The Sauce

Homemade or store-bought sauce can add lots of flavor to your bowl. Will you toss your noodles with the sauce or spoon some on top of your noodle bowl? There are so many flavorful possibilities, from peanut sauce to marinara sauce to teriyaki sauce. What about melted butter? A squeeze of lime juice and a spoonful of salsa? Even salad dressing can make a great sauce!

3up sauces

Lime Juice


Soy Sauce

The Toppings

Toppings add a variety of flavors and textures to your noodle bowl. You could top your bowl with cooked chicken, tofu, or eggs. Or add your favorite veggies (or fruits!), like broccoli, corn, green beans, sliced mango, or chopped tomatoes. Will you add a sprinkle of shredded cheese? Some sliced scallions? Chopped nuts or herbs? Pickles?!

3up toppings

Fried Egg

Chopped Tomatoes

Sliced Steak