Lesson Overview

 60 Minutes

 1, 3, 5, 9

 K - 3rd Grade

 State Standards:
NGSS: Partially meets K-ESS3-1, Extension Activity: 3-LS-1, CCSS: 1.12, 4.1, Math: MP.4

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Materials List

  • 1 3/4 cups cold milk
  • 2 – 3.4 oz. package Jell-o instant vanilla pudding mix
  • 1 – 15 oz. can solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • Graham crackers
  • Whipped cream topping

Pumpkin Pie in a Bag

Categories: Math & Measurements , Recipes

Students measure ingredients, mix liquids and solids, then observe (and taste) the results in this tasty lesson. It is an ideal way to wrap up a pumpkin unit, field trip to the pumpkin patch or to use as a math-friendly way to celebrate Thanksgiving.


1)Have students wash their hands before handling food.

2) Students measure the milk and then pour it and the instant pudding into the freezer bag. Remove the air in the bag and seal it shut.

3) Students take turns squeezing and kneading the bag with their hands until the milk and pudding are well blended. This should take about one minute.

4) Students measure and add the spice and pumpkin puree to the other ingredients in the bag. Seal the bag, again making sure to remove the air. Students squeeze and knead the bag with their hands until it is well blended, about two minutes.

5) Have students break the graham crackers into squares and place one on each napkin (one per student).

6) Cut off the corner of the freezer bag. Carefully squeeze about 2 tablespoons of pie filling onto each cracker square. Garnish with whipped cream topping (optional)

For full instructions, please download our PDF


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    Excellent resources! Students loved the stories from the pumpkin books and the treat at the end of the lesson. It was an excellent outreach during Halloween!

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