Make A Solar Cooker

Gather your materials:

A sunny day
1 empty pizza box
Black construction paper
Aluminum foil
Sheet of clear plastic laminate
Non-toxic glue
Tape
Scissors
Ruler
Magic marker
1 wooden dowel rod

  1. Draw and cut a window in the top of the pizza box leaving one side for folding.

  2. Cut two pieces of foil to fit on the inside of the lid and to line the inside of the pizza box. Smooth out wrinkles and glue in place.

  3. Tape a piece of plastic to the underside of the opening you cut in the lid. Make sure the plastic is tightly sealed around all the edges. This makes your oven window.

  4. Glue the corners of a piece of black construction paper to the bottom of the inside of the box on top of the foil.


Your solar oven is now ready!

Just place your food to be cooked on the inside of the box. Close the box and prop open the window lid using the dowel rod. Position your oven in the sun so that the foil lid reflects the maximum amount of sunlight through the window. Try heating up s’mores or hot dogs, melting some cheese on nachos, or even baking a cookie!

Make a chart with different time intervals and use an oven thermometer to test your oven temperature. Write down how long it takes to reach different temperatures and how long each item takes to cook.

Use an empty Pringles can instead

You can also substitute an empty Pringles can for the pizza box and foil, as the inside of the Pringles can already has an aluminum foil finish inside. Just cut the can to make a door, tape the clear plastic on the inside to make a window and you're ready to cook!