The Edible Campfire activity is an excellent way to demonstrate how to build a campfire without actually lighting a match.
Here are some Edible Campfire ideas.
Our Edible Campfire
Text from Snowy Owl’s bag of tricks
(Brackets = Supplies)
- When we make a campfire, we need a clear area (dinner napkin) and we like to use an established fire pit (make a fire pit ring in skittles, M&Ms, Mini Marshmallows, or chocolate rocks)
- Do we have the right safety equipment on hand? (Cup of water). Also – Pull back your hair, and make sure you’re not wearing anything that could hang into the fire. Find more about fire safety here too.
- A good campfire needs kindling – small sticks that will light easily but keep burning for a while. Build an A frame or other structure. (Hickory Sticks or small pretzels).
- Next we need a fire starter – something that will keep burning long enough to catch the tinder on fire. (Raisins to be sprinkled around the fire)
- And then we need tinder – these are smaller than kindling and catch fire easily. (break up a piece of Hickory Stick into small bits and sprinkle over the fire)
- Now we can light our match (light imaginary match). Watch the fire start! (Place Red candies like Mike and Ikes, or Swedish berries).
- Now that the fire is going, you want to carefully add larger logs in a log cabin pattern or similar. (Breadsticks or bigger Pretzels make good logs)
- Once the fire has been burning for a bit, you get coals – the best conditions for cooking or roasting marshmallows. (Place another redish candy – Hot lips, or Fuzzy Peach) and watch the fire burn.
Now your fire is done.
In our case, this is the last activity before Camp Close – parents are usually arriving. Girls are instructed to pick up the four corners of the napkin and put the whole thing in a supplied (plastic zip bag) for the trip home. It is usually a good photo op for parents and the girls have something to eat on the way home.