It’s Not All Mary Poppins

Sun Power!

Our theme for the month is Summer. We are currently talking about the sun, and so when I found that Valerie had made a solar-powered oven with her girls, I decided that we would do the very same thing.

(Not only does it fit in with our theme, but how better to demonstrate the need for sunscreen than by watching the sun actually, physically cook something?! No, I don’t plan on scaring the tots… but maybe for a reluctant 8-year-old?)

We found a box in the recycling bin, a nice sturdy one with a removable lid, and we lined it with tin foil.

We found a lid from a plastic container in the adjacent recycling bin (one for plastics and glass, one for paper!), cut a hole in the lid of our study box — on three sides only! you’ll need that flap! — inserted the plastic for our window.

A few pieces of tape at the corners to secure the window in place…

cover your flap with foil so it can reflect sunlight down into the box…

and ta-dah! Your very own solar-powered oven!! Next up: PIZZA!!!

July 27, 2010 - Posted by | crafts | , , ,


  1. Hurry up and show the actual cooking, please. I have a science workshop to teach and this would be so cool.

    Done. But only the first time. We will have to re-visit this…

    Comment by jwg | July 28, 2010 | Reply

  2. I’m fascinated… and will remained tuned for the finale

    I hope you enjoy it…

    Comment by Jill in Atlanta | July 28, 2010 | Reply

  3. That seems like a good way to teach it. I learned about the power of the sun in preschool, when my preschool teacher left the classroom guinea pig outside too long and the sun cooked HIM.

    Oh. Oh, dear. Oh, NO! The poor guinea pig. Oh, I feel a little sick now.

    Obviously, this made an impression on you, if you still remember it. Oh, poor, poor guinea pig.

    Comment by IfByYes | July 28, 2010 | Reply

    • Yup, I never left my pets unattended in the hot sun, I can guarantee you that.

      Comment by IfByYes | July 28, 2010 | Reply

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