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Enjoy a fun treat with your kids this summer while teaching them a bit about science! Instead of cooking s’mores by the campfire, cook them with the sun!

I recently saw this project done in the Chicago Tribune and I thought that my son would love to do this experiment! We all know the sun can be used to create energy, and kids learn best by example. Making s’mores in the sun is a perfect example of how the sun’s energy can be used to cook food! Your kids will not only learn how the sun can be used to create energy, but it will be a fun summertime memory to create with your little ones!

Materials Needed:

  • Pizza box
  • Foil
  • Marshmallows
  • Hershey’s chocolate
  • Graham crackers
  • Roll of paper towels or ruler


Step 1: Line the bottom and the top of a pizza box with aluminum foil.

Step 2:  Place your premade s’mores on top of the foil.

Step 3.  Set out in the sun and use paper towel roll to hold pizza box open.

Step 4. Cook for 45 minutes to 1 hour and enjoy!  (These take a little longer than the traditional s’mores, but it’s all in the name of science!)