Have you ever built a solar oven to cook outside? Well, you can! And it is a very simple science project. All you need is a pizza box and a few tools to create a solar oven that is ecologically-friendly. Follow these instructions to build this fun science activity.



Things you will need

  • Pizza box (made of cardboard)
  • Aluminum foil
  • Clear tape
  • Scissors or box cutter
  • Glue
  • Plastic wrap
  • Pencil, or pen
  • Black ground cover, or black construction paper
  • Ruler





  1. Clean the pizza box and remove any stray bits of food from it.


  1. Draw a neat square with the pencil and ruler around the edges of the top of the box.


  1. Cut out three sides out of the four that you have drawn with the help of the box cutter.


  1. Bend to make a crease over the uncut side of this square now so that a flap is formed which can stand up.


  1. Cut out a piece of aluminum foil that can cover the inner side of the flap.


  1. Wrap this foil now tightly over it and secure it with the tape.


  1. Line the bottom of the box with the black construction paper.


  1. Now cut two pieces of the plastic wrap the same size as the top of the box.


  1. Secure the wrap with tape at the inner edges of the window you cut in the box.


  1. Fill any holes or gap with tape.


  1. Test the box by placing some food on a paper plate or aluminum foil in the square box inside, and place the box in sunlight. Leaving the lid slightly open to reflect the sunlight on the uncooked food.


  1. Enjoy your meal and solar oven.