Ocean Pudding Cups

These ocean pudding cups will be a fantastic addition to your under the sea activities and require no baking. I made these with my two-year-old and it was a wonderful bonding time in the kitchen for us. She felt so proud to share her dessert with the whole family!

Ocean Pudding Cups


  • 1 5 oz package of instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 3 cups of milk (the pudding box said soy milk wouldn’t set, but it didn’t note other milk alternatives)
  • 4 whole graham crackers
  • Ocean animal gummies or cookies (we used Swedish fish)
  • Blue food coloring

Other Materials

  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Plastic baggie
  • Rolling pin
  • Small plastic cups


  1. Pour the pudding mix into the bowl
  2. Pour the milk into the bowl
  3. Add a few drops of food coloring
  4. Mix with the whisk for two minutes
  5. If the pudding mix isn’t the shade of blue you’re looking for, add 1-2 drops more and mix until it is the color you want
  6. Let set for 5 minutes
  7. While pudding is sitting, place the graham crackers into the plastic baggie
  8. Crush the graham crackers with the rolling pin until it has a fine consistency (like sand)
  9. Pour some crushed cookies into the bottom of your cups
  10. Pour some pudding on top of the cookie crumbs
  11. Pour some more crushed cookies on one side atop the pudding
  12. Place a fish/ocean animal into the “water” of the pudding cup
  13. Serve and enjoy!

Great Steps for Your Child to Help

Allowing children in the process of cooking is a wonderful opportunity for them to learn life skills such as self-control and concentration; but most importantly, it allows them to be part of everyday activities and make meaningful connections with their caregivers. Here are some steps that my toddler did great helping with.

  • Gather ingredients and materials
  • Pour mix into bowl
  • Mixing (I did this hand-over-hand)
  • Crushing graham cracker crumbs
  • Pouring graham cracker crumbs into cups
  • Pouring pudding into cups
  • Placing decorations as the final touch

Want More Ocean Activities?

You might love this free ocean counting game or these 14 best under the sea book suggestions!

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