Solar Oven for Kids
Build your very own homemade solar cooker! Our solar oven for kids uses items you probably already have. It's also very easy to make.
Here's what you Need:
An adult to help
Pizza box, shoe box or shipping box
Black construction paper
Bamboo skewer, stick or dowel
Clear plastic (plastic wrap, plastic sheet protectors, or overhead transparency plastic)
Make A Window
- Gather all items, including an adult!
- Clean out your box. Shake off any crumbs and wipe out with a towel.
Heat the Oven
- Using your ruler, measure 1 inch from each side of your box. Put a dot on each side. Connect the dots.
- Have an adult cut three sides with a craft knife.
- Carefully pry open the flap. This becomes your sun window. Fold the window up along the uncut line (top of the box).
- Grab the aluminum foil and your glue stick.
- Use the shiny side of the foil.
- Glue the foil to the inside of your window.
- Smooth out as many wrinkles as possible.
- Repeat steps 1-4 on the inside of the box.
- Tape the black piece of construction paper on the inside of the box.
- Glue plastic wrap, plastic sheet protectors, or transparency plastic protectors to the underside of the lid.
Try to make the seal as airtight as possible.
Here's How it Works:
The aluminum foil will help reflect the sun light back into the box.
The black paper absorbs the sun's heat and warms up your solar oven.
The clear plastic allows the sun to shine in and keeps the heat from escaping.
- Decide what to make! Choose from one of our 5 solar oven recipes.
- Take your homemade solar cooker outside.
- Place it in direct sunlight.
- Open the flap towards the sun.
- Add your favorite solar oven recipe to the box.
- Close the box.
- Use a bamboo skewer, stick, or dowel to prop the flap open.
- Choose an angle that reflects the most light into the solar box oven.
- Cook! Check your food every 10 minutes. This could take anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours depending on the solar oven recipe you chose and how warm and sunny it is outside.