The boys are at camp this week, so I decided to whip up a fun “camp like” activity to give the girls something to do. Today we make a simple pizza box solar cooker and used it to make some most delicious s’mores!
How To Make A Pizza Box Solar Cooker
Pizza Box, aluminum foil, black construction paper, clear plastic wrap, scissors, tape, pencil, sheet of notebook paper, wooden dowel or stick, plate or pie tin.
1. Close the box and lay a piece of notebook paper on the center of the lid, then trace the paper using a pencil. Cut along 3 lines of the rectangle you traced on the box, leaving the 4th side near the area where the box opens un-cut. This will create a flap that opens in the lid of the pizza box.
2. Cut a piece of plastic wrap that is a bit larger than the open square under the flap on the top of the pizza box. Stretch plastic wrap across the opening and secure with tape on all four sides. (See picture above)
7. Yay! Now you are ready to start cooking! Place your pizza box solar cooker in a sunny location outside and make sure the foil covered flap is facing the sun.
This simple activity is not just eco-friendly, it was also a great way to teach the kidlets about the power of solar energy. I believe that when children learn about solar energy, they will be in a better position to make the right energy choices when they are raising a family of their own. While we were waiting for our smores to “cook” we scoured the internet and learned all kinds of fun facts about the sun & the incredible amount of energy it has the power to produce. Did you know the sun gives off more energy in one second, than people have used from the beginning of time? Wow!
Here is one of our favorite websites about solar energy, it’s filled with neat facts and many other cool solar learning projects that you can do with your kidlets. Be sure to check back to see what other fun solar energy projects we decide to try, I know my son is going to flip over the solar powered robot!
If you decide to try this fun project, please share your yummy solar cooker recipes with us!Terri
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