Pudding in a Jar

Duration: any

Age: toddler, child, parent

Skill for Bub: Hand/eye coordination, Just for fun


Take the mess out of mixing up this delicious dessert.

For children young and old, kitchens are the perfect laboratory for learning. There, they can perform all sorts of science experiments, and practice their fine motor skills by measuring and mixing the ingredients. The only downside is that time spent in the kitchen usually winds up being time spent cleaning up a huge mess. This simple dessert recipe offers kids all the joy of cooking without muss or fuss.

What You’ll Need

  • A large glass jar or plastic container with a lid
  • A package of instant pudding (chocolate or vanilla, depending on your child’s preference)
  • Milk

Help your child tear open the pudding packet and pour it into the jar. Have him help you measure and pour the milk, according to the package directions. Close the jar tightly. Help your child shake the jar or container vigorously to thicken the pudding. Store in the refrigerator until it’s time to serve — after your child eats at least some of her dinner!