Sun Activities for Kids

Hot Dog!

Cook a hot dog -- with the sun!
Cook a hot dog -- with the sun!

You know the sun is hot, but you didn't know it was this hot! Make a solar oven and cook a hot dog with this sunny activity for kids.

What You'll Need:

  • A cylindrical oatmeal box
  • Sharp knife
  • Aluminum foil
  • Hot dog

Have a grownup cut an oatmeal box in half lengthwise. Line half of the box with aluminum foil. (Put the shiny side up.)

Take your solar oven outside and put it in the bright, hot sun. The aluminum foil will cause the sunlight to reflect from one side of the 'oven' to the other, making it really hot. Put a hot dog in your solar oven, and watch it sizzle!

For another good sun tea recipe to go with your solar hot dogs, see the next page and Put the Sun to Work!

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