Solar S'mores

June 19, 2019
Wow the kids this summer and turn a pizza box into s'mores!  Make solar s'mores following this tutorial for a solar oven. #solaroven #solarsmoresovenkidscience #solarsmores #solarsmoresforkids #pizzaboxsolaroven #growingajeweledrose
Here is a fun science experiment for the kids to try this summer-make solar s'mores!
All you need for this activity is an old pizza box and a few other items from around the house.  You could have the pizza for dinner and the s'mores for dessert?  My kids thought that was a great idea!
Wow the kids this summer and turn a pizza box into s'mores!  Make solar s'mores following this tutorial for a solar oven. #solaroven #solarsmoresovenkidscience #solarsmores #solarsmoresforkids #pizzaboxsolaroven #growingajeweledrose
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How to Make Solar S'mores

Materials
You will also need chocolate, graham crackers, and marshmallows.

Method
Wow the kids this summer and turn a pizza box into s'mores!  Make solar s'mores following this tutorial for a solar oven. #solaroven #solarsmoresovenkidscience #solarsmores #solarsmoresforkids #pizzaboxsolaroven #growingajeweledrose 
  • Line the inside of the box with foil.
  • Then, line the bottom of the box with black paper (optional)
  • Now, tightly cover the opening in the box with clear plastic wrap.
Wow the kids this summer and turn a pizza box into s'mores!  Make solar s'mores following this tutorial for a solar oven. #solaroven #solarsmoresovenkidscience #solarsmores #solarsmoresforkids #pizzaboxsolaroven #growingajeweledrose
  • Having trouble?  I found this diagram from Science U very helpful.
Wow the kids this summer and turn a pizza box into s'mores!  Make solar s'mores following this tutorial for a solar oven. #solaroven #solarsmoresovenkidscience #solarsmores #solarsmoresforkids #pizzaboxsolaroven #growingajeweledrose


That's it!  It is now time to cook up some s'mores!

Making Solar S'more's

Have kids build s'mores, and then place them into the solar oven.
Wow the kids this summer and turn a pizza box into s'mores!  Make solar s'mores following this tutorial for a solar oven. #solaroven #solarsmoresovenkidscience #solarsmores #solarsmoresforkids #pizzaboxsolaroven #growingajeweledrose

Once the s'mores are in the box, close the portion of the lid covered in plastic wrap, and then prop the foil covered top flap open.  We used a stick for this.  

It is now time to observe and wait......
Wow the kids this summer and turn a pizza box into s'mores!  Make solar s'mores following this tutorial for a solar oven. #solaroven #solarsmoresovenkidscience #solarsmores #solarsmoresforkids #pizzaboxsolaroven #growingajeweledrose
My girls loved checking on the s'mores, and after about 20 minutes they were ready to eat!
Wow the kids this summer and turn a pizza box into s'mores!  Make solar s'mores following this tutorial for a solar oven. #solaroven #solarsmoresovenkidscience #solarsmores #solarsmoresforkids #pizzaboxsolaroven #growingajeweledrose
Wow the kids this summer and turn a pizza box into s'mores!  Make solar s'mores following this tutorial for a solar oven. #solaroven #solarsmoresovenkidscience #solarsmores #solarsmoresforkids #pizzaboxsolaroven #growingajeweledrose
Now that's fun science! Just look at the gooey smile.

The Science Behind the Fun
  • For more on this experiment and how the oven works check out this article which offers a detailed explanation.
  • To learn even more about solar energy and how it works give these experiments a try.
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Crystal Underwood is the writer and creator of Growing A Jeweled Rose. She has worked extensively with children and strongly believes in the importance of play at the core of early learning. She is passionate about the early years and believes that childhood should be a truly magical time in life. For all the best kids activities connect with Growing a Jeweled Rose below!