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Early Intervention Speech Therapy

"D" is for Delicious DIRT!

Published February 3, 2012 9:30 AM by Stephanie Bruno-Dowling

This week was "D" week at our school! In our speech and language group we followed the steps for making HOMEMADE DELICIOUS DIRT! It was humorous to see the looks I got when I told the children we were making and eating dirt. It definitely caught their attention!


For our lesson, we needed:

  • Instant vanilla pudding mix
  • Cold milk
  • Chocolate sandwich cookies
  • Gummy worms

We also used small Dixie cups, plastic spoons, small Ziploc bags, a large mixing bowl, a wire whisk and a one-cup measuring cu.

The Recipe Steps Included:

  1. First, we opened the instant pudding package and poured it into the large mixing bowl.
  2. Next, we poured in two cups of cold milk (larger packages may need three!).
  3. We passed around the bowl and everyone had a turn stirring the vanilla pudding with a wire whisk. We then set the pudding aside for a few minutes so it could harden.
  4. Next, everyone received a small Ziploc bag, which they were told to open.
  5. I then when to each student and dropped two cookies into their open Ziploc bag, then helped them close it up.
  6. Next we started mashing! We used wooden mallets and rolling pins to help! This part was very fun and each child took turns using the various mashing tools.
  7. Finally it was time to build our DIRT DESSERT! Each child had the opportunity to scoop pudding from the big bowl and put it into their small Dixie cup.
  8. Next they opened up their bag and sprinkled their crumbled cookies on top.
  9. Finally, we topped off our DIRT DESSERT with a DIRT DIGGING gummy worm!
  10. Once the worm was in, it was time to DIG in!

Ideas to Enhance and/or Simplify Your Lesson

  • Use pre-made pudding and give everyone their own pudding container!
  • Take a trip outside before your lesson and go digging in the dirt! See if the children can find some real worms! (Just make sure you wash hands afterward.)
  • This is a great lesson to co-treat with an occupational therapist: the children mix, scoop, mash and sprinkle! There are also various textures and flavors, great for children with sensory needs and sensitivities!


Thank you!!

stephanie bruno dowling, blog author February 23, 2012 4:18 PM

So clever.  I will log this idea into my brain for later use, even with kids at home.  Love it.

Marsha, Speech-lang. path February 10, 2012 12:51 PM
Salt lake city UT

I love all of your recipes, Stephanie.

Kathie February 6, 2012 12:35 AM

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    Stephanie Bruno Dowling, M.S. CCC-SLP
    Occupation: Speech-Language Pathologist
    Setting: Early Intervention in Delaware County, PA
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