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  • Cardboard Box w/ Attached Lid
  • Box Knife/Scissors
  • Aluminum Foil
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Black Paper
  • Tape
  • Stick





  1. Use a box knife or sharp scissors to cut a flap on the lid. Cut along the three sides, leaving about an inch from the edges of the lid. Fold this flap out, so that it stands up.


  1. Tightly wrap the aluminum foil around the inner side of the flap and tape it to the back in order to cover the inner flap.


  1. Open the box and tape a double layer of plastic wrap over the opening you made. Make sure to tape down each side securely, sealing out the air.
  2. Line the inside of the box with black paper, preferably construction paper.
  3. Set the oven in the direct sun. (The best time for solar cooking is from 11AM - 3PM.) Open the flap and place the stick between the flap and the edge of box to keep it stay open.
  4. Place the food you want to cook inside the box.



(Instructions adapted from Home Science Tools)


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