Sunday, March 13, 2016

Cookie Moon Phase Project

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In light of publishing my first children's book about the moon, I decided to update our delicious moon phase project made with cookies. I can't believe it's been 4 years since my sweet girl and I had so much fun with astronomy. :) To view original post, click the link. (Picture below is from original post.)

Updated Cookie Moon Phase Project

What I Used:

  • For moons: 8 Oreos or other type of chocolate sandwich cookies with white cream filling
  • For the earth: Sugar cookie that is larger than moon cookies
  • Plate
  • Frosting (I used powdered sugar and milk to make mine)
  • Food coloring
  • butter knife
  • toothpick
  • black construction paper and silver sharpie, optional

What I did:

First, I chose my plate and then cut a circle out of a black piece of construction paper to fit the plate. I wanted the background to look more like the sky in space. I also used a silver sharpie to dot stars all over the paper. You could use a little bit of icing on the plate if you want the construction paper to stick. A black paper plate would work nicely if you have one.

Second, I whipped up a little bit of white frosting with powdered sugar and milk and left it somewhat thin, but not too thin. I colored some of it blue and some of it green, and I also left a little bit white for clouds. You don't need a lot of frosting since you are only using it for one cookie. After frosting the cookie blue, I used a regular butter knife to dab in the land masses. I wasn't trying to be entirely accurate here. ;) I used a toothpick to swipe in some clouds. 

(I used plain, old sugar cookies from Fry's)

(Icing - nothing fancy, just powdered sugar and milk)

Third, I set aside the earth cookie to dry and moved on to the moons. I very carefully took 8 Oreo cookies apart, trying to leave the white filling intact. I had to use more than 8 cookies to accomplish this. ;) For the full moon, leave white filling as is. For the new moon, scrape off all of the white filling with a knife or use the other side of the cookie. For the 2 half moons, scrape off half of the white filling. For the 2 crescent moons, scrape off 3/4 of the white filling, and try to make them look more like bananas. :) For the 2 gibbous moons, scrape off about 1/4 of the white filling, and really, these should have more rounded edges. I sort of forgot that part on my updated version. :(

Fourth, I put the earth in the middle of the plate and placed the 8 moons, in the correct order, around the earth. Use frosting if you want the cookies to stick to the plate. I did this step the first time my daughter and I completed this project. Leave the project out for a few days to enjoy looking at it, or EAT IT instead!!! Eating is definitely more fun. :)

Your Turn:

Download my book, Mysterious Moon, and then make this delicious moon phase project!! I would love to see all of your creations! Please feel free to email me pictures of your own moon phase projects at brandiraae at live dot com, and I will post them on my blog. :) Include your name and where you are from if you want to, or you can remain anonymous. Remember to be creative - you don't have to do yours exactly the same. You could use a cupcake or doughnut for the earth, or you could even draw or paint it like my daughter did the first time we made ours. 

Linked to Mommy Monday Blog Hop, Hip Homeschool Hop, WFMW, Try A New Recipe Tuesday, Tuesdays with a Twist, Inspire Me Monday, Mix It Up Monday, Tell It To Me Tuesdays, A Little Bird Told Me, Tasty Tuesdays

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1 comment:

Unknown said...

My students will love this activity. Thank you for sharing!


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