Cookie Eclipse Activity

Explaining the solar eclipse with this yummy activity and simple YouTube video!

12 oreo cookies placed in a clock-face positions representing the various positions of the moon and sun during an eclipse.

Updated April 9, 2024 (day after the solar eclipse)

We had a lot of fun with the Cookie Eclipse activity and we learned a few things that I thought is worth sharing.

Helpful hint: Cookie lovers already know this, but twist the Oreo cookie to take the cookie top off. Pulling straight up will break the cookie!


Students are buzzing with excitement about the 2024 solar eclipse! There are several options for making the actual eclipse accessible, but is there a hands-on activity to help blind students fully understand what is happening during an eclipse? Yes! Check out the Cookie Eclipse activity!

Cookie Eclipse activity

You will need 12 Oreo cookies for this activity.

The cookies are placed on a large plate or cutting board in the shape of a clock face. The top (12 o’clock) is a normal cookie with the two black cookie pieces on top of one another with no white cream showing. The cookie in the 1 o’clock position shows a sliver of white on the top left. (The top black cookie is moved slightly to the right and down.) Each cookie (1 to 5 o’clock) shows more white. The 6 o’clock cookie at the bottom of the clock face is fully white (black cookie top is completely removed). 7 to 11 o’clock cookies have reduced white showing, with the black cookie top moving up from the bottom, left.

12 oreo cookies placed in a clock-shape representing the various positions of the moon and sun during an eclipse.

Solar eclipse video

In this video, the moon has a woman’s voice and the sun has a man’s voice. This is a simple explanation of the eclipse.

The 2024 Total Solar Eclipse YouTube video by McGraw Hill PreK-12


By Diane Brauner

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