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Oreo Moon Phases

The moon is a great way to get children interested in the wonder and complexities of space. In this activity, your child will increase their vocabulary and learn about how the world works by using cookies to learn about the different phases of the moon.

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A delicious way to learn about space!

This is a fun and simple activity to help your child build a better understanding about phases of the moon and have a small snack after! Start off by talking about the moon or by reading a book on the topic if you have one. Then, print the moon phase cue cards included in this activity. Your child will then carve the moon phases out of the filling in Oreo cookies and order them on a piece of paper or paper plate. Just try to make it all the way through the activity without eating all the moons first!

✨Play for longer: If your child wants to keep exploring, have them create moons out of playdough.

📚 Books to explore: Papa, Please Get the Moon for Me by Eric Carle, Long Night Moon by Cynthia Rylant, and So That’s How the Moon Changes Shape! by Allan Fowler.

🦺 Stay safe! Parent guidance is needed with the butter knife. Take this as an opportunity to talk about knife safety and how to use a knife properly.


For this Activity you will need:

Oreo cookies (8 minimum)

Cutting board 

Printable moon phase cue cards

Butter knife

Paper or paper plate 


Learning Outcomes




Using descriptive language to explain, explore and extend


Using sentences to describe objects and events


Step 1:

Print the included moon phases cue cards.

Step 2:

On a piece of paper or paper plate, label each of the moon phases in a big circle.

Step 3:

Take the tops off of 8 Oreo cookies. Help the child safely cut the fillings to match all of the moon phases on the cue cards.

Step 4:

As each moon phase is created, place it in the labelled spot you put on the blank paper or plate.

Step 5:


⬆️ For older preschoolers: Let your child do the labeling themselves and match up the moon phase cookies to the correct name.

⬇️ For younger toddlers: Pre-cut the moons and have your child help you place the moons in the right order.

Playful Questions

What is the moon made of? 

Why does no one live on the moon? 

How do we get to the moon? 

How come we can’t see parts of the moon some days? 

Do you want to go to the moon?

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