Can I share a secret with you? I don’t really like cake. For my birthday (in December) when I was young, I used to ask my mom for a pumpkin pie instead of a cake. It’s my favorite! So every year I blew out my candles in a pumpkin pie. Today I’m sharing with you how you can make your very own pumpkin pie in a cup in the classroom this month with your kiddos.
The best way I have found to make the pumpkin pie in a cup in the classroom, is to break the students up into groups of five, or less. If you do it this way, each group will be small enough for each person to get a turn to help make the pumpkin pie filling and see how it’s actually being made.
THIS ACTIVITY WORKS WELL WITH
Ingredients and supplies needed
graham cracker crumbs – mine was a 15oz container, enough for the whole class
box of vanilla instant pudding mix – each box will make enough for 5 students so adjust the number of boxes you need to students in your class
1/2 cup of canned pumpkin – you want to get 2 15oz cans if you have a class of 25+
milk to make the pudding with
pumpkin pie spice
small plastic cup
measuring spoons and cups
You’ll need to make the instant pudding either the night before or the morning of the day you’ll be making the pumpkin pie in a cup. Depending on how much time you’ll have in class, have the pudding ready to go in bowls each package made so you know how many kids cups it’ll make.
Or if you have a little more time in class, you could make the instant pudding with them. It doesn’t take long, you’ll just need the instant pudding mix, milk and a bottle/jar with a lid that it’ll fit in. You could pass the jar around and have each one of the students help shake the jar to make the pudding.
Or another option is to skip making your own pudding and buy pudding cups from the store.
Once you have your first group of 5 students, you’re ready to go. Start by sharing the pudding you’ve made and have a student help stir it for you. Have one student help measure out 1/2 cup of canned pumpkin into the bowl.
Have another student mix the pumpkin into the pudding. Next, have another student measure out 1/2 teaspoon of the pumpkin pie spice and pour it into the bowl. Have another student mix it in. Now your filling is ready.
Give each student a cup and a spoon. Taking turns, they can each scoop 1 tablespoon of the graham cracker crumbs into their cup.
Next, they will each fill-up the 1/2 cup measuring cup and carefully spoon/pour it into their cup on top of the crumbs.
Last, they will add some whipped cream to the top and time to eat!
This cooking class how to make pumpkin pie is a great addition to share with the kids how to make a real pumpkin pie. It’s a fun and engaging addition to tie the whole lesson together.
And we also have this fun FREE pumpkin pie taste test you could do after everyone eats their pumpkin pie in a cup.
And if you need ever more pumpkin pie like I do, we have these adorable pumpkin pie counting mats that the kids can use cotton balls as whipped cream to practice their counting.
Do you have any fun ideas to do with pumpkin pie?
See you next time!