Soil Property Pudding Cups {a.k.a. Dirt Pudding Cups}

May 19, 2013
Soil Property Pudding Cups
My 1st grade class has been cooking again!  Well, maybe we should make that assembling ... not exactly cooking.  Assembling Soil Property Pudding Cups, to be exact.  I know, I know ... most people call these Dirt Pudding Cups.  But I tweaked them to make them go along with our soil property science unit ... so Soil Property Pudding Cups is what these are!

I just love it when a cooking with kids project brings together what we've been learning ... relating content to food is fun and really cements information in students' minds.  And that's just what we did with the different soil types with these super fun Soil Property Pudding Cups!

I'm curious ... do you know the four types of soil?

Hmmmmm ... scratching your head about that one?  Well, so was I until I brushed up with a little research.

As my 1st grade class learned during their science unit on soil properties, the four types of soil are:
1.  Clay ... the hard-packed clumpy stuff
2.  Sand ... the gritty stuff
3.  Silt ... the stuff somewhere between clay and sand in consistency
4.  Loam ... the best stuff, which just so happens to be a mixture of all the other three types of soil stuff.

We had fun doing a bunch of experiments with the soil types.  Like seeing how much water each would hold.  And which would clump up.  And how grass seeds would grow in each one.  {By the way, grass will grow a bit in sand ... which we didn't think it would ... but it absolutely wouldn't grow in clay.  You know, just in case you were wondering.}

And then we had tons of fun making these scrumptious Soil Property Pudding Cups.

Dirt Pudding Cups

To make them, we used chocolate pudding for the clay, graham cracker crumbs for the sand, and crushed Oreo cookies for the silt.

Before the students could layer their soils into their cups, they had to tell me which 'stuff' represented each soil type.  Not a single one of them had much trouble with that!

Then they got to do the most fun part of all ... create their loam!  Mmmmm, hmmmm ... they got to stir everything up together to create the best kind of soil for growing things ... their loam.

Now, what six year old wouldn't love to stir up a cupful of pudding and graham cracker crumbs and Oreos??  Shoot, I'm an adult and I liked it.

Then they planted some grass ... a.k.a. green apple Twizzler pieces.

And don't forget some worms to help improve the soil quality!

And then don't forget to dig in.  Yup, this is the only time it's okay to eat dirt.

Dirt Pudding Cups


Soil Property Pudding Cups
Source:  Adapted from My Perspective
(Printable recipe)

  • 1 (3.9 oz.) package instant chocolate pudding mix
  • 2 c. milk
  • About 1/2 c. graham cracker crumbs
  • About 1 c. crushed Oreo cookies
  • Twizzler Green Apple Pull-n-Peel licorice
  • gummy worms
  1. With the 2 cups of milk, prepare the pudding per package directions. Refrigerate until set.
  2. In a clear drinking glass or clear plastic cup, layer about 1/2 cup of pudding, one or two tablespoons of graham cracker crumbs, and about 1/4 cup of crushed Oreos.
  3. Cut licorice into pieces about 1 inch long; peel off a few strands and 'plant' them in the pudding mixture as grass. Add a gummy worm or two.


  1. These are great! I should have come to you this weekend - I'm speaking at career day *gasp* for second graders this week. These puddings would be great!

    1. Just feed them something, Dorothy, and you'll be GREAT! As my husband says to me ALL the time, just remember you're smarter than them. :-)

  2. LOVE these!! Learning + Chocolate! What a fantastic combo! ;) Thanks for sharing!! Pinned ;)

  3. How many does this make?

  4. I absolutely LOVE this! I am homeschooling my kids and we are doing this tomorrow! I love how it goes with the lesson but so fun! I feel like kids actually remember stuff, when they have something to relate it to like this! I will be checking out your other articles as well :)


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