Mini BBQ

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Updated on Jul 3, 2014

Use regular household goods to create a miniature barbecue grill that will actually cook your kid's mini favorites. This project is a great way to show your child the power of resourcefulness; knowing how to build something yourself is empowering and practical—plus it's really fun!

What You Need:

  • Tuna can or similar-sized can that has the top removed and has been completely cleaned
  • Computer cooling fan cover
  • Single, self-igniting charcoal briquettes
  • Lighter
  • Needle nose pliers

What You Do:

  1. Unscrew a cooling fan cover from an old computer or electrical appliance. This will be used as your grill.
  2. Cut a few small notches in the tuna can to secure the cover on top.
  3. Have your child place a single charcoal briquette in the tuna can.
  4. Light the self-igniting briquette and place the cover over the can using the pliers. Be careful, as the briquette will be very hot.
  5. Try cutting a hot dog in half and place on the grill for pre-supper snack!

Note: This activity should only be completed outdoors in a safe location and with proper supervision.

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