Edible Model of the Sun

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In this activity, learners make "solar cookies," edible models of the Sun's outer layers using sugar cookies and toppings. Learners use red and yellow sprinkles to form the granular appearance of the photosphere, chocolate chips as sunspots, and licorice pieces as prominences. Use this tasty activity to introduce learners to the layers and features of the Sun.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$10 - $20 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Model


Materials List (per group of students)

  • round plain cookies (most generic brand sugar cookies would work.)
  • white frosting
  • yellow and red sprinkles (found with baking decorations and food colorings in grocery stores.)
  • chocolate chips or M&M's (We found that mini ones work best.)
  • Pull-n-peel licorice candy, such as Twizzlers
  • plastic knives
  • small paper plates or napkins
  • images of the Sun


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
      • Stars and Galaxies
    • Solar System
      • The Sun

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking
  • Model Building


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities