There are dozens of cute ways to use Oreo dirt cups and Nilla sand cups for kid’s parties and events. Likewise, there are several variations of the recipe for them. Dirt cups are basically chocolate pudding and crushed Oreo cookies, while sand cups are made of vanilla pudding and crushed vanilla wafers.
I found that the simplest recipe with the fewest ingredients for dirt and sand pudding is a combination of pudding, crushed cookies, and Cool Whip. The trick is in how much of each to use. Dirt pudding turns out quite well by using the following recipe.
1 large box choc. instant pudding
20 Oreo cookies, crushed
8 ounces Cool Whip
For sand pudding, use vanilla pudding and vanilla wafers.
Ways to use Dirt Cups
Dirt and sand cups make fun snacks for learning activities as well as children’s’ parties. Make dirt cups when studying earth science. Young children will relate the dirt cups to soil, earthworms, and plant life.
Dirt pudding can even be served out of a Terra Cotta planter! This would be a great idea for everything from the classroom to gardening club events.
Gummy worms are a must for dirt pudding! Kids love gummy worms; some adults do too. Have a discussion about how worms help aerate the soil. This is important to plant life and the food chain. Kids need to know these basic science concepts. Cute ideas like these make those concepts stick.
Add spooky props on Halloween for graveyard pudding cups. I found candy bones, skulls, and gummy worms for mine, and I used a Vienna finger for a tombstone.
Fresh Picked Sunflowers
In the early fall, when the Halloween candy
corn is in the stores, sunflower cookies served with dirt cups are good for lessons on plants for young children at school. They would also be great for a child’s September or October birthday party. Use the basic dirt pudding recipe.
Bake sugar cookies and ice them with lemon icing. A few drops of yellow food coloring will give the icing a deeper color. Tint a little royal icing yellow to attach the candy corn around the cookie. Chocolate sprinkles make “seeds” in the middle.
Using more royal icing, attach halves of green apple Twizzlers to the cookies. The dirt pudding in these dirt cups is topped with lime jello. Green tinted flaky coconut makes the grass!
This is a surprisingly tasty treat. Lime, lemon and green apple flavors are tamed with the candy corn and cookies for a sweet and sour taste experience
Ways to Use Sand Cups
Sand cups can be dressed up with props to create really cute pool party treats. Add a few tanned Teddy Grahams, a peppermint striped ball and perhaps a cocktail umbrella for an adorable creation.
Plain, undecorated sand cups could culminate a unit on erosion and how rocks are broken down into sand. Leave some of the crushed wafers as larger pieces to represent the rocks.
Cute Sand Cup Desserts for Kid Pool Parties
Get creative and see what you can do with dirt and sand cups. No matter how you serve them up, these cute treats are sure to please!