Frugal Kid Crafts: Sun Baked S’mores

by Mackenzie on July 5, 2012

Frugal-Kid-CraftsWho says you need a camp fire to make S’mores? Here is a project that is perfect for showing our kids the power of the sun plus add a pitcher of water with a tea bag and they can enjoy a snack of S’mores and Sun Made Iced Tea! Each week Sharon at Mom on Dealz brings you a kids craft that is fun, educational, and frugal and over the next week I will be showcasing past projects Sharon has created. I recommend checking out the Mom on Dealz Kid Corner for more ideas and projects!

Sun Baked S’mores


  • Shoe Box
  • Plastic Wrap
  • Tin Foil
  • 1 Sheet of Black Construction Paper
  • Graham Crackers
  • Hershey’s Chocolate Bars
  • Marshmallows
  • Craft Knife (adult use only)


  1. Cut a rectangle in the lid of the shoe box and cover with plastic wrap.
  2. Cover the bottom of the shoe box with tin foil.
  3. Lay a small piece of black construction paper on top of the tin foil.
  4. Break a graham cracker in half and lay each piece side by side on the black paper.
  5. Place a piece of chocolate bar on one cracker and a marshmallow on the other cracker.
  6. Cover the box with plastic wrapped lid and set outside in the sun. Allow chocolate and marshmallow to melt (obviously chocolate will melt quicker so you may want to put the marshmallow out before for a few minutes.
  7. Enjoy your yummy s’more!

Educational Activities:

  • Language Arts: Have your child create a journal entry about the activity. If they cannot write words yet, you can have them dictate OR have them draw pictures to tell the story. Telling a story using pictures is a big Kindergarten skill. 2. Have your child ID or circle letters on the food packages.
  • Math: 1. Have your child count the marshmallows in the package. 2. Time how long it takes for the s’mores to be ready. This is a great way to introduce a clock to your child by simply pointing out the numbers/hands and discussing how they move to show time. 3. Discuss the shapes used in this activity (rectangular of shoe box, rectangle of construction paper, rectangle of cracker, etc).
  • Science: 1. Have your child use their 5 senses to discuss the ingredients (texture of the materials used, sounds of tin foil, taste of s’more). 2. Discuss how the chocolate is a solid before going into the sun and then becomes a liquid. 3. Discuss shadows in the yard and the box should be placed in direct sunlight to make it melt faster.

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Mackenzie is the mother of three beautiful little girls and the wife to a wonderful man who is a Navy Reservist and lives in New Hampshire. She enjoys bargain hunting, photography, and working outside! Above all, she enjoys family life and soaking up every moment. She shares her tips on parenting, saving money, green-living and more on her blog The Centsible Family.

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