We LOVE the moon around here. Talking about phases of the moon seems to happen often. When Big Bro was a wee little guy, he would notice when the moon was big and round, and when it was a small crescent shape. Little Bro’s current obsession is the moon. Every time he sees it in the sky he shouts, “MOOOOOON!!” He keeps shouting it until we all look up and appreciate that it’s up there. So I don’t think our love for the moon is going away any time soon! To go with the excitement, we thought we would make some Moon Toast! You can use this activity to go along with books about the moon or as an after school snack, and it’s a great way to learn about the different phases of the moon.
Big bro really did want to make Moon Toast every day after this. So it’s a good thing making Moon Toast is quick and simple. All you need is 3 pieces of bread (you can toast it first if you’d like) and a cup to make the circles! We like to dip our finished toast in jelly, but you can use your favorite spread, or even make them into sandwiches. We haven’t tried it for sandwiches yet, but just imagine how cute they would be for space or moon-themed birthday parties!
We first did this activity on National Moon Day:
Today is National Moon Day! We happen extremely in awe of the moon around here. "Moon" was among the firsts words of both of my boys. So on a whim, today we made some Moon Toast! Super simple, just used a cup to cut it into moon phase shapes. We would have done all of the phases… But I ran out of bread ? He sat and studied them for a while and we talked about the moon and its phases as he dug in. Afterwards he exclaimed, "We need to make moon toast every day!!" #moonday #playwithyourfood #sensoryplay #stemkids
Here’s how to make Phases of the Moon Toast:
- Take the first piece of toast and use the cup to cut a circle piece out of the bread to make a Full Moon.
- Next, cut another circle in the center of the next piece of bread to make another Full Moon. Cut this in half to make two Half Moons.
- You can use the last piece of bread to make the two Crescent Moons. Use the cup to cut almost a full circle on the side of the bread (see above). Repeat on the other side. And then use the cup on those smaller pieces to make the crescent piece like the photo above.
- And then you’re finished! Now you have some Moon Toast to eat while talking about the different phases of the moon. Top with butter, marshmallow fluff, or your favorite spread and enjoy!