The Best Shark Week Fun – Gummy Shark Jello Cups Recipe

by Marina
6 servings
25 min

For anyone who has asked, ” What is Shark Week?” Shark week is a celebration of all things sharks, initiated by the folks over at the Discovery Channel. Besides being a week filled with the best shark-centric documentaries, it’s also a wonderful way to encourage families to appreciate these incredible creatures, rid themselves of childhood misconceptions, and consciously support conservation efforts to protect sharks of every size. Get your kids excited about sharks with educational books, themed treats like our Gummy Shark Jello Cups, more shark week recipes, free printables, crafts, activities, and more!

How to make Gummy Shark Jello CupsIf you’ve been a reader for a while, you will know I love making fun treats to celebrate new movie releases, soccer games, special milestones etc. So why shouldn’t we do something for Shark Week, right?

The initial plan was to make some blue Jello

and top that with whipped cream and a few gummy sharks.

(We got this bag of gummy sharks on a recent curbside pickup at Target. They come to under $2 a bag.

You can also order gummy sharks on Amazon, but you would need to buy this in bulk!)

But then I remembered I had a pack of vanilla pudding mix in the pantry that needed to be used up,

hence the creation of these fun Gummy Jello Cups.

This is so incredibly easy to put together and would make fun party treats for an underwater-themed birthday party.

Just get a few transparent, 8 oz plastic cups with lids and they will be perfect for that dessert table.

How to make Gummy Shark Jello Cups:

1. Start by making the Vanilla Pudding, following the instructions on the box.

2. Grab 4 slabs of Graham Crackers or a cupful of Teddy Grahams, and crush them to crumbles.

Equally, portion these into the 6 (or 8) 8oz glasses you have set aside.

3. Pour the vanilla pudding into each cup, ensuring you have equal amounts to a cup. Set the cups aside.

4. Now prepare the Jello, as per the instructions on the box.

5. When done, pour out the Jello into each cup, ensuring each cup has equal amounts of Jello in it.

The vanilla pudding and crackers will mix into the Jello. This is perfectly fine. This gives your treat cups more of an ocean feel, with the currents swirling, the tide foam, plant life floating etc.

6. Place the cups in the refrigerator when done. Leave it in to set. (You will know it has set when you jiggle the cup and the jiggle is more controlled and the surface is firm but jiggly to touch.)

7. Once done, invite your child to help top the treat with a tide of whipped cream. (Yes, it may get messy, but remember the squeals of laughter are worth it!)

and add those hungry, swimming gummy sharks.

How cute is that?

Here’s a printable version of the recipe:

Shark Week would not be complete without a mini activity study pack to learn more about these majestic creatures of the sea.

What is Shark Week without a Shark Facts and Activity Workbook?

Your children will be absorbing so much during Shark Week, especially if you will be watching all the themed programming on the Discovery Channel.

While sharks tend to get a bad reputation for biting and being vicious, they’re one of the most misunderstood sea creatures in the world.

It’s not too often that they’ll attack unprovoked, but people still have this image of them being so vicious because of movies made in the past, such as Jaws and Deep Blue Sea.

If you want your children to learn all about sharks, use my printable to teach them important information.

Learning More About the Types of Sharks

Not all sharks are the same. While it’s something you already know, your children might not have realized that.

When using this Shark Week Printable, you’ll get to teach them about some of the different sharks in the oceans, including Hammerheads and Great Whites. Take the opportunity to discuss with your child the different behaviors these sharks tend to display. You can even go over the details of what they’ll normally eat while swimming in the ocean.

Add my interactive facts and activity workbook to the week and step up the learning fun to the next level.

This workbook includes

  1. A ‘Label a Shark’ activity
  2. Word Search
  3. Flashcards
  4. Shark Facts and more.

How to use this Shark Week Printable Workbook

When you enter your email address below to access the free printable, you will be able to download the 8.5″ x 11″ pdf file onto your computer.

Pull up the file, from your computer, and print all pages but the flashcards sheet, on regular white multi-purpose paper.

I highly recommend printing the flashcards on white card stock, for durability.

(Or laminate the cards)

Print as many copies as you need and share this post with friends and family, to allow them access to this free resource too.

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SHark Books to add to your library

National Geographic Kids have the best educational books on practically every subject under the sun, so it’s no surprise that they have more than just a few shark resources, you will want to add to your child’s library.

The Ultimate Book of Sharks (ages 9-12, hardcover, $19.99) by internationally acclaimed marine photographer and National Geographic Explorer Brian Skerry is an underwater adventure like no other. With exclusive photographs and personal insight from Skerry, this book takes the reader below the surface and into the minds of these spectacular predators.

Older kids may enjoy reading Sharks (ages 12+, hardcover, $25) by Brian Skerry too. (* Note: This title is not included in the book bundle giveaway below.) This coffee table book showcases Skerry’s photographs spanning from his early work, photographing them from cages, to his recent unencumbered scuba dives. With additional text by top National Geographic writers, Skerry’s images and stories encourage a change in attitude toward these top predators, ultimately showing how they are the keys to the healthy balance of nature underwater.

The photographs in this book are magnificent. With specific concentration on 4 sharks- The Great White, Tiger, Shortfin Mako and Oceanic Whitetip, Brian shares lots of important resources to educate the reader, and includes stories from his adventures to draw the reader into a place of respect for these giant personalities of the ocean.

National Geographic Readers: Sharks! (ages 5-8, paperback, $4.99) – He’s quick. He’s silent. He has five rows of deadly teeth. Chomp! Meet the shark—the fish who ruled the deep before dinosaurs roamed the Earth!

Little Kids First Big Book of the Ocean (ages 4-8, hardcover, $14.95 ) – An adorable animal reference that includes the sea’s high-interest animals, such as dolphins, sharks, sea otters, and penguins, and introduces kids to some of its lesser-known creatures.

Early readers will enjoy reading this book to you and if they’re animal lovers well then this is a must-add to their library. Ana has made reading out of this book a post-bath routine after our evening walk.

This Mama is happy to comply considering there’s a lot I’m learning from this book too!

Extreme Ocean: Amazing Animals, High-Tech Gear, Record-Breaking Depths and Much More by National Geographic Explorer Sylvia A. Earle (ages 8-12, paperback, $12.99) An action-packed combination of science and adventure, famed National Geographic Explorer Sylvia Earle leads readers on an in-depth tour of life beneath the waves.

Being the STEM experiment ninja in our home, my 10 year old loves this book. Older readers will enjoy trying out the experiments, reading the stories, and absorbing the many facts included in this challenge inspiring book.

So Cool! Sharks (ages 3-7, hardcover, $6.99 ) – Sharks are among the world’s top predators, but that’s just ONE reason why they are SO COOL. So who wouldn’t want to hang out with them to learn more! These books blend awesome animal photos with silly quips and info that will delight young readers and animal enthusiasts.

Packed with shark facts and funnies, kids will enjoy learning and laughing while going through this book. This has been deemed Ana’s favorite shark book of all!

Check out more Shark inspired Treats

Blue Shark Parfait

Just in time for Shark Week, check out this sweet drink idea

Shark Candy Charcuterie Board

An easy shark tooth snack to sink your teeth into

Best Ever Fierce But Adorable Shark Cupcakes

Shark Sand Cups Recipe!

Shark Fin Cupcakes

Shark Week Snack Mix

Shark Week Pudding Cups

Shark Bark Candy Recipe

Shark Pudding Cups

the fun continues with jaw-some shark activities!

Find Sharky's Teeth: Printable Shark Game

Shark Facts Bookmark Printables for Shark Week

Shark Tooth Pendant

Free Printable Hammerhead Shark Craft

Shark Costume Tutorial {Easy & Inexpensive!}

DIY No Sew Shark Week Plush Toy Tutorial with Template

Shark Week Taste Safe Edible Shark Slime Recipe

Rescue the Shark Printable Battleship Game

DIY Shark Cups - Snack Attack

Shark Life Cycle Activity

Shark Week Activities For Kids

Shark Sensory Bin: An Easy Shark Week Activity

Shark Week Printable Activity Sheet

Shark Word Find Puzzle

Shark Week: Egg Carton Shark Craft

Shark Crafts for Kindergarten and Printable Puzzle

Make Learning About Sharks a Lot of Fun

You can teach your children about sharks while having a lot of fun doing so when you use these resources and print off the Shark Week printable.

You’ll get your children involved in coloring, writing, and reading all about these animals.

Once your children complete the printable, enjoy their treats, and learn more about these amazingly large and powerful creatures of the ocean, they’ll likely become huge fans.

You can expect them to look forward to celebrating Shark Week with you every year!


The Best Shark Week Fun – Gummy Shark Jello Cups Recipe
Recipe details
  • 6  servings
  • Prep time: 15 Minutes Cook time: 10 Minutes Total time: 25 min
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  • 1 box Blue Jello Ingredients required to make the Jello has not been included.
  • 1 box Cook and Serve Vanilla Pudding Ingredients required to make the pudding has not been included.
  • 1 bag gummy sharks
  • 1 cup graham cracker crumbles

Start by making the Vanilla Pudding, following the instruction on the box.
Grab a cupful of Teddy Grahams ,and crush them to crumbles.
Equally portion these into the 6 (or 8) 8oz glasses you have set aside.
Pour the vanilla pudding into each cup, ensuring you have equal amounts to a cup. Set the cups aside.
Now prepare the Jello, as per the instructions on the box.
When done, pour out the Jello into each cup, ensuring each cup has equal amounts of Jello in it.
Place the cups in the refrigerator when done. Leave it in to set.
Once the jello mix has set, top each treat cup with whipped cream.
Finally add a gummy shark, or 2 or 3, on top of the whipped cream.
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