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Mystic biscuit moons

Observe the Moon, then recreate a much tastier version with a biscuit (or two).
Plan a session with this activity

You will need

  • Spoons
  • At least one cream filled biscuit for each person (such as an Oreo cookie, Golden Crunch Cream, or any similar alternative)
The eight key phases of the Moon created using sandwich biscuits.

Observe the Moon

  • It’s best to observe the Moon on a clear night, when there’s little cloud to get in the way.
  • The best way to observe the Moon is with a telescope or a pair of binoculars, but if you don’t have access to these you can still see a lot with the naked eye.
  • Unless there’s an eclipse, it’s safe to look straight at the Moon.

Create the Moon

  1. Everyone should wash their hands.
  2. Give everyone a cream filled biscuit.
  3. Everyone should split their biscuit in half – the easiest way to do this is by gently twisting them apart.
  4. Everyone should get rid of the half of the biscuit with the least cream filling on – they may find that eating it is the best way to do this!
  5. Everyone should take the remaining half of their biscuit, and use the end of a spoon to make the cream filling look like the Moon they saw. What shape does it need to be? What about the texture?
  6. Once everyone’s made and compared their biscuit Moons, they can eat them.
  7. If you have enough biscuits, you could repeat the activity in pairs. Everyone should choose a phase of the Moon, then make their biscuit look like that phase. Then, everyone should name the phase their partner has created, before eating their second Moon.

Reflection

This activity helped you to value the outdoors. Did you enjoy being outside at night to observe the Moon? How was it different to being outside in the daytime? Where did you go to look at the night sky? Was there lots of light pollution? Could you see anything else in the sky, apart from the moon? Would you like to look at the night sky again?

This activity may also have been a chance for you to try new things. Had you ever looked at the night sky before? How did you feel before you went outside to look? Did you expect to enjoy it? What was it like when you gave it a go? Was it what you expected? Would you like to try it again, maybe in a different place?"

Safety

Food

Check for allergies before you begin. Make sure you have suitable areas for storing and preparing food and avoid cross contamination of different foods.

All activities must be safely managed. Do a risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Always get approval for the activity and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.