# Worm Dirt Cake

When we heard we were making Worm Dirt Cake, we were wondering if we wanted to have it, but as we began preparing it, we started changing our minds….

We all picked out a printed strip to see which ingredient we would be adding in our recipe…

First on the list: crush the Oreo cookies, this is something we all wanted to do, so the children worked together to crush the cookies and as they were doing it they yelled, “crush crush crush!!” They accomplished this task greatly. 😉

Next we looked on our strips and added the correct measuring amount for the flour and vanilla extract…

“A” told her class what letters were in the word “CUP” and they all said it together a few times so they would remember how to spell it….

“D” looked on the measuring cup to find the word “CUP” while “A” poured the warm butter.

After figuring out how much cream cheese to fill the measuring cup with “D” went to work scooping out the correct amount.

“R” helped whisk the mixture together….

After “M” looked at the letters  and number on his strip he showed us that his strip read, “2 packs of pudding”!

The children worked together to combine both mixtures and  fold it together.

Once both the mixtures were combined the children were able to layer the recipe and decorate it the way the liked with the Oreos, mixtures, and gummy worms! They loved it.

Wonderland Room’s Worm Dirt Cake!

After letting it chill for many hours, we were very excited to  try the yummy cake, and we approved!

Learning Goals Achieved:

• Reading/Beginning Reading Skills/Print Awareness. Students understand how English is written and printed. Students are expected to:

(A) recognize that spoken words can be represented by print for communication;
(B) identify upper- and lower-case letters;
(C) demonstrate the one-to-one correspondence between a spoken word and a printed word in text;
(D) recognize the difference between a letter and a printed word

• Measurement. The student directly compares the attributes of length, area, weight/mass, capacity, and/or relative temperature. The student uses comparative language to solve problems and answer questions. The student is expected to:

(A)compare two containers according to capacity (holds more, holds less, or holds the same); compare two objects according to weight/mass (heavier than, lighter than or equal to);

• Underlying process and mathematical tools. The student applies kindergarten mathematics to solve problems connected to everyday experiences and activities in and outside school. (Identifying mathematics in everyday situations)

Ingredients:

1 to 1 1/4 lb. pkg. Oreo cookies
1 (8 oz.) pkg. cream cheese
1/2 cup butter, softened
1 cup powdered sugar
3 cups milk
1 (12 oz.) tub Cool Whip (can use chocolate)
2 (3 1/2 oz.) pkg. instant vanilla or chocolate pudding
1/2 tsp. vanilla
4 gummy worms and/or other critters

Crush Oreos. Put 1/3 of the crushed Oreos into a new, clean flower pot. Set aside.

Mix butter, cream cheese and sugar and vanilla together. Set aside.

Combine milk and pudding mix. Fold Cool Whip into the pudding.

Fold together pudding mixture and butter-cream cheese mixture.

Layer this mixture (about 1/3 of it) onto the crumbled cookies in the pot. Next, add another layer of the pudding mixture, then another layer of cookie crumbs, continuing until all ingredients are used.

As you’re layering the ingredients, decoratively place several gummy worms and critters in the “soil” so they will be seen emerging. If you have a toy (clean) garden trowel, a plastic daisy, or some edible flowers, these can also be used creatively to embellish the presentation.

Chill in refrigerator for 3 to 4 hours before serving.

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