We talked about the phases of the moon and why they happen last week, so I thought it would be fun to reinforce our learning with these moon phase cupcakes.

Phases of the Moon diagram

They were very easy to make, we just used a basic sponge mixture for the cake part ( you could even buy plain ready made cakes ) and then covered the top with black and white ready to roll icing.

What do you think? They are definitely not perfect, so we’re going to give it another go soon!

moon phase cupcakes

Moon Facts for Kids

Our moon is the 5th largest moon in the solar system.

There is no water, air or life on the moon.

The moon is a satellite of the earth. A satellite is an object that orbits a planet.

The moon doesn’t produce any light, but reflect’s the sun’s light.

The rise and fall of the Earth’s oceans is mostly caused by the gravitational pull of the moon.

It takes 27 days for the moon to travel around ( orbit ) the Earth. It spins round once in this time.

If you stretched the moon’s surface flat it would just about cover North and South America.

The moon’s surface is full of craters, caused by meteors and asteroids. We have a fun activity to demonstrate craters forming using flour and marbles.

If you enjoyed this activity, I’ve got lots more fun space science experiments in this post and a book ( This IS rocket Science ) with 70 exciting space science experiments for kids.

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