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Phases of the Moon Project for Kids

Astronomy is one of my kids' favorite science subjects to study.  No matter how many times we study the sun, moon, stars, and planets, they ask for more.  

Over the years I've had to get pretty creative to ensure we never repeat activities.

When it comes to the phases of the moon, we've done several projects including the activity with oreos.  This time I wanted to do something different.

I'm so excited to share with you our sugar cookie phases of the moon project for kids! We used this activity in our Montessori co-op and it was a HUGE hit!

Depending on the age and abilities of the child, will depend on how much they participate throughout the project.

Phases of the Moon Project for Kids

Phases of the Moon Project for Kids


Our project started with our  co-op kids rolling out the sugar cookie dough I had prepared and chilled the night before.

Phases of the Moon Project for Kids: Rolling the Dough

Every co-op kid received their own ball of dough to work with.  We did a kitchen rotation, so that everyone had their chance to work in the kitchen alone, supervised by an adult.


Once the dough was rolled out, the kids used circular cookie cutters to create an earth and moons for their moon cycle.

Phases of the Moon Project for Kids: Cookie Cutter Earth & Moons

This process was so great at helping kids with fine motor skills and hand muscle strength. They all had to roll the dough out several times to obtain all of the circles they needed.

Phases of the Moon Project for Kids: Cookie Cutter Work

No matter the age or abilities of the child, this process was a hit! 

Once all of the circles were made, the kids used a control from our Montessori-inspired Moon Printable Pack to arrange all of the circles appropriately. 

Phases of the Moon Project for Kids: Using the Control

Once all circles were arranged the kids either used the cookie cutters or knife to make the proper moon phases.

Phases of the Moon Project for Kids: Creating the Phases of the Moon

The end results were beautiful!

Phases of the Moon Project for Kids: The Moon Cycle Ready to Bake!

Once our phases of the moon and earth sugar cookies were ready, we placed them in the oven to bake.

After they cooled, we made frosting, dying some blue, green, and black for different aspects of the frosting part of the project.

As you can see our co-op friends had a blast!

Phases of the Moon Project for Kids: Frosting the Moon Cycle

The end results were beautiful. 

If I changed one thing, I may have bought black paper plates, instead of using white ones.

Phases of the Moon Project for Kids: The Final Product

We hope you enjoyed reading this as much as our co-op friends enjoyed eating their phases of the moon and earth sugar cookies!

If did enjoy this post, you may also enjoy the resources below.
Montessori-inspired Stars Printable Pack Montessori-inspired Sun Printable Pack Montessori-inspired Moon Printable Pack Montessori-inspired Solar System Printable Pack



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