#6 Atomic Cookies

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Let’s bake some atomic cookies to learn about the parts of an atom! We are using Christian Kids Explore Chemistry by Bright Ideas Press. The book recommends making the cookies 4 inches across so that the electrons fit on your cookie. You can bake the M&M’s into the cookie, or you can do what we did, which is to frost the cookie and then decorate it with the M&M’s to represent the protons, neutrons, and electrons.

baking-with-childrenBegin by mixing together your favorite cookie dough recipe. You can buy pre-made sugar cookie dough if you want to skip this step. Then place wax paper on the counter, and plop the cookie dough down onto the wax paper. Place another piece of wax paper on top.

Grab the rolling pin and roll out the cookie dough until it is flat. Now remove the wax paper. My daughter shows you how to do this in the video at the bottom of this blog post.

cookie-doughUse a lid or small bowl as a cookie cutter. Make sure the diameter is at least 4 inches, but also keep in mind that the cookies expand a little bit in the oven. Bake the cookies and let them cool.

sorting-m&msWhile you are waiting for the cookies to cool, sort the M&M’s into three bowls:

  • red for protons
  • blue for neutrons
  • brown for electrons

Go ahead and eat the other colors, since you won’t need them anyway.

Now frost the atomic cookies with white icing, smoothing it down with a table knife.

frosting-cookiesIt’s time to decorate the atomic cookies. For the carbon atom, you will want 6 protons, 6 neutrons, and 6 electrons. Place the red protons and blue neutrons in the center of the atomic cookie. Grab some black icing gel and draw 2 rings around the nucleus. These are electron shells. Place 2 brown electrons on the inner shell, and 4 brown electrons on the outer shell. Your atomic cookie is now complete.

atomic-cookieTake a look at how we made these atomic cookies:

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9 Responses to “#6 Atomic Cookies”

  1. Any time you can incorporate cookies into a lesson, my boys are all for it. LOL Cute idea! 🙂

  2. Amy says:

    My kiddos have always loved hands-on learning, and I’m not the greatest science teacher, so I appreciate this really great hands-on science lesson! My kids will love it, too. Thanks Susan!

  3. Amy says:

    Susan,
    I’d love to pin this post. Any chance you could install a pinterest button?

    • Susan says:

      If you hover over the upper left-hand corner of any of the pictures in this post, you can easily pin it. I temporarily un-installed the Pinterest button because it broke my blog last week. When I disconnected it, my blog worked again. I am waiting for an update before I re-install it because I want my blog to function.

  4. jun javier says:

    I love to see little cuties doing their thing on the kitchen. How I wish I had a baby girl, sadly it all boys and i’m not sure if they do like to bke 🙁

  5. Max Alvarado says:

    Your little girl is very beautiful and talented 🙂 i hope someday i can have a little girl that talented such as your daughter 🙂 cheers 😀

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