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While Big J is at school and Baby N is napping, I’ve been trying to capitalize on my time with Little J. The differences between his and Big J’s learning styles have thrown me for a serious loop. Big J is such a quick and easy learner. Little J would rather climb something. He doesn’t care how to count or what letters are in his name. I’ve had to get creative. One thing the boy does love is sweets. This last week we’ve been learning about the letter W and what better way to reinforce the learning with a tasty treat?! We made creepy crawly pudding cups, complete with wiggly worms.
WIGGLY WORMS TIC-TAC-TOE
Before I jump into the delicious pudding cups, I’ve got a couple printable activities we did to help with letter recognition, colors, sequencing and taking turns. You can click on the image to download your own copies.
I had Little J help me circle all the w’s in the sentence and then we used the gummy worms to trace the large letters. We talked about other words that start with w, specifically our last name. And then he ate the gummy worms.
A couple days later, we played a game with the leftover gummy worms. First we matched the colors of the worms for a little color recognition practice. Then we played tic-tac-toe with the worms. He played with one color of worms and I played with another. He didn’t quite get the game, but it was still fun. Big J played when he got home and loved it.
Now, for Little J’s absolute most favorite part… dessert!
GO-PAKS! CREEPY CRAWLY PUDDING CUPS
Serves: 1 Go-Pak!
- OREO Go-Paks!
- Chips Ahoy Go-Paks!
- Chocolate Snack Pack Pudding
- Chocolate Vanilla Snack Pack Pudding
- Reddi-wip Original
- Sour Gummy Worms
- Open the Go-Paks! Use a fork and break up the cookies.
- You want chunks about the size of a pencil eraser, give or take a little. Use caution while you're breaking up the cookies... you can break the container. Not that this happened... but, yeah it did.
- Open the Snack Pack Puddings. I put a Chocolate Vanilla container in with the dark OREO cookies and the Chocolate with the Chips Ahoy to help darken it up.
- Mix the cookies and Snack Pack Pudding until they are well combined.
- Top with the Reddi-wip and some gummy worms.
- If you let the Go-Paks! sit in the fridge for a little while, the cookies will soften up. If you do wait, add the Reddi-wip and gummy worms right before you serve.
These are super fun snacks for any kid who loves bugs and it definitely made teaching Little J more fun and kept him engaged. It was a little more sugar-intensive learning than I usually prefer, but… sometimes you pick your battles, I guess. Little J at least knows what a W looks like now. I hope.
Ready to make your own creepy crawly snack? I grabbed all the ingredients on a recent trip to Walmart and we made our fun buggy snack. Create your own with the directions above. This was so perfect for our study on W and the treats were enticing enough that even Little J – my boy with a .0003 second attention span, love of heights and all things mischief – was engaged through out the activity. Total mom win.
Want more delicious treat ideas? Be sure to check out these very yummy Go-Paks! creations! Which one are you dying to try?