Phases of the Moon - Oreo Cookies
Using Oreo cookies to learn about the phases of the moon
All of this high-tech science is great, but what about a hands-on science activity here on Earth? Check out this creative way to learn about the phases of the moon using materials you can eat. It's Oreo® cookie science!
- 8 Oreo cookies
- Paper towel
- Glass of milk (optional)
Over the course of a month, the Moon passes through different phases, making the part of it we see change shape. The amount of the Moon we see illuminated by the Sun grows from New Moon, to Crescent, to First Quarter, to Gibbous, to Full Moon and then decreases back to New Moon. This activity uses Oreo® cookies to demonstrate the Moon's phases. Reference the chart below:
Middle School Students loved it!
christy - February 24, 2013
I was substituting for our science teacher for a few months and wanted to have many hands-on activities. This was one of their favorites.
Becky Vaughn-Holsted - July 23, 2012
Have used this many times in summer camp when teaching astronomy! Our most favorite...and delicious....activity!
Educational and Yummy
Victoria A. - May 23, 2011
This is really creative.
Brittney - December 2, 2010
I am a student teacher and tested this out on a group of my own peers. I had never seen a group of college aged students be so amused by something as simple as oreos! I will definitely use this in my future classroom!
melody rae - April 24, 2010
I have come up with many ideas for teaching the phases of the moon but none were so immediate, hands on, or delicious as this!