Campfire Activity Ideas for Children

Campfire Activity Ideas for Children
Don't underestimate the power of the campfire. Campfires are a magical opportunity to combine pure fun with learning while outdoors. With even a small amount of planning, organizers can have kids squealing with glee, whether they are listening to a spooky skit, playing the swamp game or even teaching the kids where Betelgeuse is.

Game Show

Have every child become a contestant on the "Campfire Game Show." Split the group in half to begin. One child from each group comes beside the fire, facing the game-show host, with his hands at his side. The host then asks questions pertaining to the natural environment such as local animal life, plant and tree identification, and the night sky. The host asks a question and the first child to touch his forehead has a chance to answer. If a child answers correctly, then a point is awarded for that group. If the child answers incorrectly, the child representing the other group is given an opportunity to answer. This game can be great as the game-show host hollers each child's name and tells him to "Come on down!" Brief, one-line interviews can be given in which the kids are encouraged to come up with the most ridiculous thing possible.

Keep On Tracking

Study animal identification while by playing "Keep on Tracking." Divide the group into sets of three. Next, a caregiver should visit each group and choose an animal that the kids are supposed to represent. The children should have a say in which animal is chosen, but no two groups should have the same animal. Using a stick or rock, each group should then draw as accurately as possible the foot, hoof or claw of the animal it is representing. If the kids don't know the track of the animal they've been assigned, either give another or help them with a description.

After all groups are finished, everyone visits each group's rendering one at a time. If the kids correctly guess the type of animal that left a given track, they are given a point. If they guess incorrectly, that group loses a point. Encourage the groups to quickly discuss with each other before shouting out their answers.

Oh Deer

Teach the kids about the link and dependency between animal life and the environment. "Oh Deer" starts by having the kids count off in fours. All No. 1s are deer and the rest represent the environmental components of shelter, food and water. All children choose one component. Next, form two parallel lines 10 yards apart, with deer on one side and all others on the opposite side. Each group stands with their backs to the other line. Show everyone the hand positions for the various needs---hands over the head for shelter, hands on stomach for food and hands over mouth for water. On your signal, everyone turns around holding their hands clearly in the position they choose. Deer will then sprint across to the nearest person who shares their same need. Those players reaching their need should bring them back to their side of the line, and they in turn become deer or offspring. Those deer that don't match their needs stay on the environment side. After 10 rounds, discuss what changes occur due to because of environmental factors.

Article Written By Mike Biscoe

Mike Biscoe has been writing since 2009. Focusing on travel, sports and entertainment topics, he has credits in various online publications including LIVESTRONG.COM and Trails. He often writes articles covering uncommon travel destinations from firsthand experience. Biscoe holds a Certificate of Completion in acting from the Pacific Conservatory of the Performing Arts.

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