Sun Cookies

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In this activity, learners use candy pieces and a cookie to make an accurate model of the Sun they can eat. Parts of the delicious model include solar granules, sunspots, and solar prominences. Step-by-step instructions are included with photos. Activity guide includes a "What's going on?" explanation and connections to relevant science concepts like the dynamic Sun and observable solar phenomena using real NASA images of the Sun.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - adult

Resource Types:
Activity, Model


Materials List (per student)

  • one round, plain cookie (a sugar cookie works well)
  • white frosting
  • red and yellow sprinkles
  • small chocolate pieces (such as mini M&Ms®) or Tic-Tacs®
  • thin red licorice rope (such as Twizzlers®)
  • plastic knife
  • plate


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


Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


Source Collection

  • DIY Science Apps


  • , The Regents of the University of California, 2014

Funding Source:

  • NASA, NNX10AE05G