Play Dough Moon Phases

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In this activity, young learners will learn about moon phases using materials found at home. This activity is adapted using play dough and cups to avoid food allergens and waste. Activity includes materials list, step-by-step instructions and STEM connections.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 8

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • 1 2 ounce container of play dough
  • round drinking glass or plastic cup
  • plastic knife or butter knife


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth, Moon and Sun

Informal Categories

  • Toys


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards:

Access Rights:

  • Free access