Oreo Phases

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In this activity, learners recreate the lunar phases using the frosting from Oreo® cookies and place the phases in order. Round cream cheese crackers can also be used if cookies are not an option.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model


Materials List (per student)

  • 6 Oreo® cookies
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic spoon and/or a plastic knife
  • Student Handout


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Astronomy
    • Earth, Moon and Sun
    • Solar System
      • The Moon

Informal Categories

  • Food and Cooking


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • , Lunar and Planetary Institute, 2014