Edible Earth

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In this activity, learners make a model of the solid Earth's layers that's good enough to eat! Learners use tasty foodstuffs to simulate Earth's inner core, outer core, mantle, and crust. The recipe includes ingredients for one edible Earth, but can be doubled or tripled to accommodate groups of learners. This activity requires adult supervision.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Model


Materials List (per student)

  • 13 large marshmallows
  • 1 spice drop
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 2 cups crispy rice cereal
  • bottle of chocolate shell (the sauce that hardens on ice cream)
  • large microwavable bowl
  • microwave
  • serrated knife
  • plate


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Structure
      • Rocks and Minerals

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • taste
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • Ology


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