Whether you are studying geology or paleontology, this chocolate chip cookie excavation activity would be fun to do with your children. While they would have fun just picking out each of the chocolate chips, this activity will also let them work on a number of other learning concepts. The printable I created to go along with the chocolate chip excavation, that will invite them to work on mapping skills, predicting and counting skills.
Chocolate Chip Cookie Excavation Activity
You will need to gather together a chocolate chip cookie, a toothpick, and the Chocolate Chip Cooke Excavating Activity Printable for each of your children.They will also need a paper plate, napkin or piece of wax paper to work on.
Starting the Chocolate Chip Cookie Excavation
Predicting the Number of Chips
The first thing your children will need to do is look the cookie over carefully on the top and the bottom. Then they will need to predict just how many chips are on each of the sides. They will need to record their prediction on the activity printable.
Mapping the Chips
Next, they will need to create a top view picture or map and bottom view picture or map of the cookie. It will help your children remember what the cookie looked like before it was excavated.
Excavating the Chips
Now it is time to excavate the chips. Children can start at the top of the cookie or on the bottom. When they have finished one side or the other, they will need to record how many chips they found on that side.
Then they can start excavating on the other side. When they have all the chips from that side of the chocolate chip cookie they can record that number too.
There is a space on the activity printable to record their conclusions. There are a number of things they could write about. They could share how accurate their predictions are. Children could explain why one side had more chips than the other. Children could share the hardest or easiest part of this STEM activity.
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