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Oreo Phases of the Moon – Summer Fun Activities for Kids

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Oreo Moon PhasesOreos are 100 years old this month.

Actually, I missed their birthday this past Tuesday, March 6, 2012.  But, it’s better late than never.  On March 6, 1912 the first Oreo was sold.

To celebrate Oreo’s birthday, I’m sharing a fun homeschool activity that I learned at Texas A&M.  My girls & I attended a science day and this was one of the activities.

Enjoy the activity & some Oreos!

oreo phases of the moon - FREE activity guide from HowToHomeschoolMyChild.com

Oreo Phases of the Moon – Homeschool Activity

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Obviously, you’ll need a package of Oreos.  Each child will need 8 Oreos, a butter knife and a paper plate.  You may need more than 8 Oreos if they crack on you.

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Depending on the age of your child, let them use a Sharpie to label each phase on the paper plate.

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Be very careful as you separate your Oreos.

I had a few crack, so I had to eat them.  Gosh!

The full moon & new moon are already done when you pull apart your Oreo.

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It may take practice, but each child needs to scrape off the filling to create 2 crescent moons, 2 half moons and 2 ginnous moons.

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Using the labels you already wrote on the plate, place the Oreos in their correct place. Oreo Moon Phases Pin ItBe sure to talk with your kids about the moon. Does it shine light or reflect light? Why does the moon look different throughout the month?   Do you want our FREE Activity Guideto teach the phases of the moon?   It includes several youtube videos to teach & remember the moon phases, as well as questions to discuss with your kids.  We also have a 1 paragraph writing assignment in this guide.   Simply enter your primary email below and we will send it to you … for FREE!    

 

Question: What fun summer activities are you doing with your kids? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

54 Responses to Oreo Phases of the Moon – Summer Fun Activities for Kids

  1. Kimberly says:

    What a great activity! This is exactly what I was looking for! I was wanting something unique and different to do to wrap up our unit study on the phases and actions of the moon, and then this came across in the email! Thank you so much!

    • Kerry Beck says:

      So glad you got it. It is fun! In case you didn’t get it, I updated our activity guide with some youtube videos, questions and writing assignment.

  2. Laurie says:

    Yummy! Who wouldn’t enjoy science when Oreos are involved. We finished our moon unit a couple of months ago – but I”m thinking it might be good to have a review activity. Guess I’ll have to add Oreo’s to the grocery list.

    • Kerry Beck says:

      I love edible activities. I’ll have to post our cell pizza in the near future. In case you didn’t get it, I updated our activity guide with some youtube videos, questions and writing assignment.

  3. Tricia Puritz says:

    This is BRILLIANT!!! Even my husband thinks this is a fabulous use of Oreos and they are almost sacred to him. LOL! Thanks for the idea!

    • Kerry Beck says:

      My husband didn’t dare eat an Oreo until I was finished with this activity. He said he even dreamed about Oreos that night. Gotta love those cookies! In case you didn’t get it, I updated our activity guide with some youtube videos, questions and writing assignment.

  4. Crissy says:

    Thank you for sharing such a fun and tastie lesson! I love fun learning activities to do with the entire family! This is going to make everyone happy!

  5. April says:

    What a great way to teach this! My daughter is a very visual learner now, after suffering a tbi a couple years ago, and this type of activity works really well for her.

  6. Michele says:

    This looks like it would be very fun to do!
    Thanks

    • Kerry Beck says:

      It is fun and SO easy to do. Everyone in the family can participate. Plus, the youtube video on the activity guide explains how the moon works.

  7. Lisa says:

    Thank you so much!! What an excellent idea and lots of fun, too! Thank you also for the Free Activity Guide! We’re really looking forward to learning more about the moon! Thanks for sharing :)

  8. Barbara says:

    Very creative! Very impressive! Kudos.

  9. Trish says:

    Better late than never! Maybe this will help ME remember the phases, too.

  10. Janet says:

    So sorry I didn’t find your blog earlier in the month. However, as some of the others have said better late than never.

  11. brenda says:

    This is great and such fun and memorable!! Thanks for sharing. :)

  12. Katie says:

    Love this idea! Came across it on pinterest and we are starting our unit on the night sky next week. I would greatly appreciate the moon activity you have as well. Thanks bunches.

    • Kerry Beck says:

      Katie,
      Glad you found our Oreo activity. I just fixed our website so you should be able to sign up for the activity guide above. Just enter your email and it will automatically be sent to your inbox. If you have any problems, please let me know.

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  14. Stephanie Gillespie says:

    I would love a copy of your free activity guide on teaching the phases of the moon. The link where you offer it doesn’t seem to be working. Could you send me the guide?

    Thanks in advance,
    Stephanie

    • Kerry Beck says:

      Stephanie,
      I think it’s working now. My guess is when our site crashed on Sunday, all our forms for free activity guides disappeared. Thanks for letting me know. I’ll have Gentry check to be sure you get the guide.

  15. Kelly says:

    I turned your Oreo idea into a field trip for 100 homeschool kids and parents! The field trip had 4 components:
    1. We first watched the Hubble IMAX movie at our local theater, which is within a park.
    2. We next walked to the picnic area of the park and had lunch together.
    3. After that we made your Oreo moon phases and taught the kids about the moon.
    4. Finally we created a scale model of the solar system from a big yellow exercise ball (sun) to a poppy seed (Pluto). We put the sun next to our picnic tables and walked along placing the planets accordingly along the way. We had to walk almost a mile just to place Uranus.

    Here are the details of our field trip
    http://exploringfamilies.wordpress.com/2012/03/24/space-fun-education-at-riverfront-park/

    It was a great space day for all! Thanks for the inspiration!

  16. yea – there is no way we’d get through this lesson. Unless we stuffed ourselves 1st !! =) Thanks for linking up!!!

    • Kerry Beck says:

      Stef,
      You’re so welcome. My kids still remember doing this activity! Guess food makes an educational
      impression.

  17. Ann says:

    Using Oreo cookies to learn the phases of the moon is a great idea but because the maker of Oreo cookies is embracing the homosexual agenda in Minnesota, I would highly recommend using an alternative brand of cookie. Maybe a store brand cookie would be a better idea. General Mills, maker of Cheerios, Lucky Charms, etc., has publicly announced they are against a one man one woman amendment that is on their November ballot. As a Chistian, the bible, from the opening chapters to the closing chapters, reads of a wedding between a male and a female. Normalizing two males, or two females marrying undermines all of society, especially young people whose minding do not fully mature until the age of twenty-five. Even the CDC has eye-opening statistics of disease and suicide rates related to this lifestyle. Loving a person means telling the truth, not hiding the whole truth. God loves everyone so much that he has told us the Truth.

  18. Lisa Brodersen says:

    What do I need to do to get the Moon Phases Unit?

    • Kerry Beck says:

      Lisa,
      I emailed you this evening with the activity guide you requested. Please let me know if I can help you with anything else. I apologize that I only saw today that you had trouble receiving it. Normally my response time is much faster!
      Heidi – Customer Care

  19. Kerry – this is such a great activity! I did it a few years ago when I taught public school and the kids LOVED it! I’ll be sure to try it out again with my girls!

    • Kerry Beck says:

      Thanks for stopping by. I was a public school teacher in my previous life…6 yrs as a 5th grade teacher. I still have files from those days …that I use for homeschool activities

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  21. Rebecca says:

    This is always so fun to do – thanks Kerry!

  22. Katie L says:

    Hi, I tried to request a copy of this homeschool guide so that I could submit an entry into this giveaway http://intoxicatedonlife.com/2013/08/15/ultimate-homeschool-giveaway-hop/ but my request is not going through on your page. How can I request this guide and get proof so that I can submit the giveaway entry?

    • Kerry Beck says:

      Katie,
      My apologies for any problems. You should be able to click on the link you want. When you land on that page, scroll to the bottom. There should be a place to enter your email. We have it set up on automation so my assistant isn’t trying to keep up by manually sending different guides to everyone.

      • Katie L says:

        Yes, that’s what I’ve been doing. When I enter my name and email and click the ‘send my moon phases guide’ button, the button doesn’t respond and nothing happens. I’ve tried repeatedly.

        • Kerry Beck says:

          I asked Heidi to help you. She’ll be working later today. Have you checked your email? The guide arrives via email

        • Kerry Beck says:

          Katie,
          I got you taken care of and just emailed you the Oreo activity guide. Please let me know if you need help with anything else. Sorry for the delay!
          Heidi – Customer Care

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  24. LauraW68 says:

    Hi. I can’t get the submit button to work after I enter my email address.

    • Kerry Beck says:

      What browser are you using? I see it on Firefox. I will have Heidi contact you.

    • Kerry Beck says:

      Laura,
      I’m sorry for the trouble you had! I got you taken care of and emailed you the activity guide this evening. Please let me know if there is anything else I can do for you!
      Heidi – Customer Care

  25. Tracey M. says:

    I am having the same issue. I can’t access any of the teaching guides after entering all my information. I have tried several times on several different occasions. I used to do the oreo phase activity when I taught in the classroom and was hoping to print this out for my files. I checked my e-mail and junk mail. It didn’t go through.

    • Kerry Beck says:

      Tracey,
      I’ve been out of town this weekend & will have Heidi contact you. I’m not sure why you’re having issues.

    • Kerry Beck says:

      Tracey,
      I emailed you the Oreo activity guide this evening. I’m sorry for the trouble you were having with the online request. Please let me know if I can do anything else for you!
      Heidi – Customer Care

  26. Rachel says:

    I cannot get the request to go through for the Oreo activity guide. Please email it to me. Thank you!

    • Kerry Beck says:

      Rachel,
      Thank you for letting us know you’re having problems with the Oreo activity guide. I will get that emailed to you and alert our tech department.
      Heidi – Kerry’s VA

  27. Priscila says:

    I think you have the First and Last Quarter reversed. Since the phases are read counterclockwise on the plate then the first quarter should be on top. Thanks for the idea. After trying to learn more about the phases I noticed the error on the plate. I guess you helped me really get it for the first time!

  28. Carol says:

    This is such a great idea. This educational and fun at the same time. After each phase passes you can eat them too.

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