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Earth Day Activity: Chocolate Pudding Dessert

Updated on April 21, 2013

Global warming, environmental concerns and pollution are concepts that may be too abstract to be understood by children.

But these concepts can be made more concrete with activities where the kids can touch, feel and see. For example, planting a seed, watering it and watching it grow into a plant is the best way to learn that Nature is both strong and vulnerable, and that our actions (or lack thereof) can have a profound impact on it.

To make such a learning activity even more fun, and enhance the impact it will have on the children, why not combine it with a recipe where we can all pretend to eat dirt and worms! This "earth pudding" looks like potting soil but for sure doesn't taste like it.

Ingredients

  • instant chocolate pudding
  • milk
  • chocolate cookies
  • sour worms
  • fresh mint leaves

Utensils

  • pan or other container
  • whisk (to mix)
  • tablespoon (to crush the cookies)
  • plastic cups
  • teaspoons (to savour the dessert)

Instructions

Prepare chocolate pudding according to the recipe on the box.

Pour a good amount of chocolate pudding in each glass.

Crush chocolate cookies to give them the appearance of potting soil.

Spread one to two cm (½ to 1 in) of chocolate cookie crumbs over the pudding.

Decorate with sour worms and/or fresh mint leaves.

Bon appetit!

And now the real thing

After enjoying this delicious dessert, wash the plastic cups and reuse them.

Put potting soil in the plastic cup.

Plant seeds, water them and observe the plants as they grow.

If you don't take good care of the plant, for example if you give it too little or too much water, or not enough sun light, it will not survive!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thanks, Crafty! The mint leaves are great with the taste but it looks also like a plant growing. The only thing is if you prepare the pudding a day ahead.... put the mint leaves at the last minute!

      Enjoy your day!

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      CraftytotheCore 3 years ago

      This is another Awesome Hub! I love the idea of using mint leaves. That's really cool.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your kind comment and vote, Jo! I wish you a fantastic week :-)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Great suggestions, Anna :-) I think your kids will love that one! Can I join the party?

      If you take a picture and allow me to use it, I will put it on this hub with your link on it. I will have to change the title of the hub.... but that's OK :-)

      Have a great week!

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      Jo Alexis-Hagues 4 years ago from Bedfordshire, U.K

      A perfectly wonderful idea! This is useful on so many levels. Voting up and sharing.

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      Perfect for a Halloween party as well. We will add some white chocolate skulls and bones in amongst the snakes, mud and grass.

      Thanks again :)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thanks Eddy! Have them prepare it with you.... like that everybody will enjoy the fun and enjoy the finished product :-) Thanks for visiting!

      Soon, I will not be too far from your place... compare to Canada!

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      Eiddwen 4 years ago from Wales

      Mmm another brilliant idea for me to store for the grandkids. love it and voted up too.

      Eddy.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      It's a good thing that your daughters love to cook :-) One of my son loved to cook when he was a kid and we gave him a special cook book for children and my husband or I would help him if he needed to prepare some dishes from that cook book. And now he loves to cook as an adult :-) My other son as well!

      As you said, there is more to cooking that just cooking. Kids can learn to measure (this is math) and also not be afraid to experiment in the kitchen. It's a another way to create nice memories.

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Yes! My daughters love cooking and I agree that the measuring involved is one of the academic benefits too. The mint is a plant at least though! I like to find nutritional benefits in treats when possible :-)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit, Lurana. I don't know if it can be considered as a "healthy" dessert..... but once in a while it's fun for the kids :-) It's for sure a way for them to enjoy cooking and learn!

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      Lurana Brown 4 years ago from Chicagoland, Illinois

      Fun and interesting recipe, not just for Earth Day! I have seen a similar dessert before (gummy worms in chocolate pudding, called "worms in dirt" around here) but never with mint leaves! The cookies really do make it look like potting soil and I love the mint; it adds a healthful ingredient and looks more appealing too.

      I like that you include "reduce/reuse/recycle" tips for the cup as well.

      Excellent share, thank you! :-)

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I think this dessert is a great way to teach kids to measure and cook.... and cooking can be fun! May be your kids will invent their own funny recipes as well!

      Thank you for the sharing :-)

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      Anna Haven 4 years ago from Scotland

      This is such a simple thing to do but I never ever would have thought of it in a million years, how do you come up with these ideas? I am glad you do though!

      My little people would love this as mud is always good and present in our house!

      You have a great way of teaching children some really important things through fun activities, it really is a gift.

      Awesome idea and I will share on my Facebook which is a personal one not a writing one. It is too good to keep quiet about.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you Midget and KoffeeKlatch! Enjoy your weekend!

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      Susan Haze 4 years ago from Sunny Florida

      What a cute idea. I love it.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Sharing this again, Kidscrafts!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you for your visit, Michelle! What do you think of a cup of cup of Teh Masala with it? I think it would be great!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      This is cool...chocolate pudding as soil!! Creative indeed!! Sharing, Kidscrafts!!

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      You should! It's a funny one to serve especially when you have company with kids :-)

      I did it once for the choir I am in.... just adults.... and they loved it too!

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      Subhas 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

      I love desserts and surely I am going to give it a try.

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      kidscrafts 4 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      You could prepare that dessert for your family any time ....just for fun :-)

      Thanks for your visit Michelle!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Wow, delicious and earthy! And I can never say no to chocolate. Thanks for sharing, Kidscrafts! Passing this round.

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      kidscrafts 5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Yes, they do...and adults too :-)))

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Cute I bet the kids would love this!

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      kidscrafts 5 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      Thank you very much! This recipe is always a great success with kids...and adults :-)

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      Mazlan 5 years ago from Malaysia

      This looks simple and really an awesome recipe for Earthday. Voted up, awesome and Shared.