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Pizza Box Solar Oven

by Katie Reed

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As summer draws to a close and back to school is on the horizon, we are trying to think of awesome new activities and fun experiments to do with the kids. When I was younger, I remember making these super cool pizza box ovens that were heated by the sun. We were able to bake some cookies or re-heat the leftover pizza inside of it. Of course, this isn’t like a real oven. It’s more like a DIY Easy Bake Oven, where you expect things to take a lot longer and maybe not cook quite as well as a traditional one. That said, this is a totally fun project for these hot summer days before the kids have to go back to school and suffer through schedules and other people’s timelines. I highly recommend giving it a go and letting the kids try their hands at their very own Pizza Box Solar Oven. They will have a ton of fun!
  • Empty pizza box
  • Pencil
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Exacto knife
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Clear packing tape
  • Two plastic “bendy” straws
Instructions: Set out your empty pizza box. Use the ruler and the pencil to measure out a square on the top, center of the box that is about 10” x 10”.
Cut out this square.
Line the inside bottom of the box with two layers of aluminum foil.
Cover the opening in the top of the box with plastic wrap. Use the tape to secure it.
Cover the square with aluminum foil and secure with the tape. Put a long strip of tape on one side of the square and attach it to the top of the box (see photos).
Take the two long ends of the straws and put one inside the other.
Use the tape to secure the bended ends of the straws
Take the solar oven outside on a sunny day and experiment with the temperature. You may be able to slowly cook something or at least melt some cheese on a piece of bread!

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