The first thing every kid does upon arrival home from school is look for a snack.
A favorite at our house was
Not only do you get a nutritious snack, this provides a fun activity as well!
Here is what you need:
1-box of instant pudding, your choice of flavor
1- plastic container with a screw on lid.
We have used a variety of containers. All have worked well.
Examples: empty peanut butter jars, empty plastic fruit jars and Rubbermaid/Tupperware containers
Pour one small box of pudding mix into the jar and add 2 cups of cold milk (according to the directions on the box). Screw on the lid tight, and then shake away.
Add a twist, hop or twirl. Whatever motions the pudding maker feels like that day.
Dance away for about 2 minutes.
Open the jar and pour the pudding into your favorite bowl.
Top with fresh fruit for a double nutritious, delicious snack.
Feel really adventurous?
Add food coloring, or my favorite, crushed peppermint sticks to vanilla pudding.

Don’t feel like a whole box of pudding?

Over the years I experimented with making smaller portions.
This will make the box of pudding mix last for several snack times.
Here is what I came up with. Tweak it to suit your preferences.
Smallest amount:
2 teaspoons of pudding mix powder to 1/4 cup of cold milk
Medium amount:
4 teaspoons of pudding mix powder to 1/2 cup of cold milk

Next time someone says they are hungry between meals,

why not have a shake-a-pudding dance festival?

This Blog Post is inspired from the book:
Miraculous, Magical Moments in Minutes:
Over 500 Quick, Easy Activities for Adults and Children to Share
by Becky B. Baxa
If you would like more fun ideas to share with your children
(that do not require batteries or electronics )
you can purchase this 180 page book,
full of color photos,
for $21.95
from or
from the gift shop at Shaw Nature Reserve in Gray Summit, MO,
Silver Dollar City General Store in Branson, MO .
This book can also be checked out of the following libraries:
Scenic Regional Library – Union and Pacific, MO
First Christian Church – Washington, MO
Hawaii State Library – Honolulu, HI
Story City Public Library – Story City, IA
Ellsworth Public Library – Ellsworth, ME

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