Here is a great science craft to teach kids about alternative energy: a solar oven! Harnessing the power of the sun is cool and teaches us about caring for our environment and using renewable resources. Best of all, kids can make a snack they love, nachos, using the solar oven they made using this DIY.  The directions are remarkably easy and you might already own all of the materials needed. It's a wonderful summer activity to do with your own kids, or in a community or classroom setting.

How to Make a Solar Oven

Here is a great science craft to teach kids about alternative energy: a solar oven! Harnessing the power of the sun is cool and teaches us about caring for our environment and using renewable resources. Best of all, kids can make a snack they love, nachos

Hosta 'Sun Power' H 24" Spread 48". High degree of sun tolerance. Full sun-Full shade - purchased at Vermont Flower Farm in Marshfiled, summer 2012

Hosta 'Sun Power' H Spread High degree of sun tolerance. Full sun-Full shade - purchased at Vermont Flower Farm in Marshfiled, summer 2012

'Sun Power’ hosta with Japanese blood grass (Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’) at Hayefield.com

'Sun Power’ hosta with Japanese blood grass (Imperata cylindrica ‘Rubra’). Love the blood grass but worry the snails will get any hostas.

I gotta admit that when we saw how awesome these tall planters turned out that I got weirdly possessive and didn't want to share the plans. I think it has to do with the fact that other people online are always claiming "HEY THAT's MINE!" and trying to copyright weird things and getting up in...

$20 Tall Planters

I gotta admit that when we saw how awesome these tall planters turned out that I got weirdly possessive and didn't want to share the plans. I think it has to do with the fact that other people online are always claiming "HEY THAT's MINE!

Bioclimatic building strategies for solar control. This is very important to optimize the amount of sun light in winter and block the effects of summer sun power.

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A Young Goat:  "You cannot 'Kid' around with the sun's powerful rays you know!  Eye protection is essential!  And I enjoy being: The Cool 'Kid' around here!"

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Proton Fusion, the Sun's Power Source, Explained (Infographic) by Karl Tate, Infographics Artist, 8/27/14

Proton Fusion, the Sun's Power Source, Explained (Infographic)By Karl Tate, Infographics Artist

Let shadows be your child’s guide for this activity. In the morning (8 a.m.) or late afternoon (4 p.m.), place a table in a sunny spot where long shadows will be cast. Unroll paper (Easel Paper Roll, $14; alexbrands.com) along one side of the table, and arrange a variety of objects along the paper’s edge. Have your child trace the shadows with markers.

5 Solar-Powered Crafts and Activities

Shadow drawing is a simple but fun outdoor art activity for kids. "In the morning a.) or late afternoon p.), place a table in a sunny spot where long shadows will be cast. Unroll paper along one side of the table, and arrange a variety of object

The sun powered car, a 1912 Baker Electric Mode which has been adapted to run from energy obtained from the sun’s rays. Dr. Charles Alexander Escoffery, the car’s inventor, explains the workings of the solar panel. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images). 9th August 1960

The sun powered car, a 1912 Baker Electric Mode which has been adapted to run from energy obtained from the sun's rays. Charles Alexander Escoffery, the car's inventor, explains the workings of the solar panel.

Building a sun-powered food dehydrator is a great alternative to an electric dehydrator. You can make your own delicious dried fruits, vegetables and herbs!  http://www.ehow.com/how_2310039_build-dehydrator.html?utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_medium=referral&utm_content=freestyle&utm_campaign=fanpage

How to Build a Dehydrator

Build a sun-powered food dehydrator instead of using an electric dehydrator to save energy and money.

Country Sun Power-Capture the sun with white-and-yellow Shasta daisies, and echo it with daisy fleabane. Red yarrow completes the country look by picking up on the colorful pitcher and gingham tablecloth.

Beautiful Bouquets Fresh from the Garden

Country Sun Power-Capture the sun with white-and-yellow Shasta daisies, and echo it with daisy fleabane. Red yarrow completes the country look by picking up on the colorful pitcher and gingham tablecloth.

Waterproof, shockproof, and dust-proof, with a huge panel to soak up the sun, what more could you ask for from a solar charger? With 5000mAh how about one that will keep your USB electronics charged through the longest road trips, power outages, or bouts of forgetfulness! Get yours today and stay connected wherever you go!

Waterproof, shockproof, and dust-proof, with a huge panel to soak up the sun, what more could you ask for from a solar charger? With how about one that will keep your USB electronics charged t (Air Fryer Machine Kitchen Gadgets)

Solar power for our Sprinter camper van was a top priority from day one. Now that we've had six months of free energy charging our batteries and running our fridge and laptops, I can hands-down say...

Original Pinner: "Solar power for our Sprinter camper van was a top priority from day one. Now that we've had six months of free energy charging our batteries and running our fridge and laptops, I can hands-down say.

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