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Pudding Dirt Cups

Pudding Dirt Cups are a fun dessert for kids to make. Set out all the ingredients and let the kids go to town!

This recipe is part of our Family Dinner Book Club menus for The Empty Pot and A Garden for a Groundhog.

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Pudding Dirt Cups have been around a very long time. I remember making these as a child with instant pudding and gummy worms. They’re such a great recipe craft for kids. This can be a messy activity, but will be one that will stick in their memories.

Tips for Making Pudding Dirt Cups with Kids

Cover your table or counter with an easy-to-clean tablecloth.
Set out all the ingredients in bowls with plenty of spoons for each ingredient (or allow kids to use their hands!)
Let go and let children explore and have fun.
Embrace the mess as part of the making of memories.
Do this during the day so they have time to use up all their sugar energy. Ha!
If you’d rather contain the mess, fill the cups with pudding ahead of time, and set out just the toppings for kids to choose.

Clear plastic cups filled with pudding, rainbow sprinkles, and crushed oreo cookies

Tools to help make Pudding Dirt Cups

Hands! I tell my kids often that our hands are our best kitchen tools. This is why we need to keep them as clean as possible. Yes, it will be more messy, but it will also be much easier for little hands to pick up sprinkles, fresh fruit, or gummy worms with their fingers rather than with spoons.
Spoons – however, if you want to contain the mess, or will be doing this craft recipe in a classroom setting, many spoons will be required. You can also portion out the ingredients onto a plate for each child. Of course you will also need spoons for eating!
Clear cups – You can use any cups you have on hand and these pudding dirt cups will still be tasty and fun, but clear cups allow you to see all the various layers.

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Clear plastic cups filled with pudding, rainbow sprinkles, and crushed oreo cookies
Yield: 8 dirt cups

Pudding Dirt Cups

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 4 minutes

Pudding Dirt Cups are a fun recipe for kids to make!


  • 4 cups chocolate pudding
  • 24 creme sandwich cookies
  • optional toppings: rainbow sprinkles, fresh fruit, whipped cream, teddy grahams, gummy worms


  1. Divide the pudding evenly between 8 small cups (1/2 cup pudding in each).
  2. Sprinkle with colorful sprinkles to represent seeds.
  3. Place the creme sandwich cookies into a gallon size ziploc bag and seal. Use a rolling pin or your hands to crush the cookies into small crumbs.
  4. Top the dirt cups with the crushed cookies. Add optional toppings as desired.

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