Bonfire activities aren't only for adults. A bonfire is a source for great entertainment and memories. Families sit around bonfires and toast marshmallows and tell ghost stories. Though this is generally a lot of fun, it can be difficult for little ones to sit still for a long period of time. Here are some bonfire activities for kids.
Have kids help build the bonfire pit and bonfire so that they feel a sense of responsibility and involvement. This will not only tire them out, it will make them proud and excited to sit around the bonfire. Things that kids can do is collect wood (if your campsite allows you to gather wood for the purpose of burning), finding sticks to use for toasting marshmallows and hot dogs, and assembling food for meals.
Telling ghost stories is a must-do bonfire activity. Sometimes kids don't know any stories or spooky stories are a little too much for them. You can keep them feeling involved and avoid frightening them by starting a story and letting others take over. Each person can take turns adding a little bit to the story until it reaches a stopping point (or everyone gets so tired they go to bed).
Singing is another bonfire activity kids love to participate in. You can look up campfire songs, sing songs you already know, or create your own! If your child can play a simple instrument, have them bring it along to accompany the singing.
Of course eating is a favorite bonfire activity. Kids love toasting marshmallows (and setting them on fire) as well as assembling s'mores. Let children who are old enough and responsible enough cook their own food. Find longer sticks and help younger children hold their marshmallow over the fire.
When having a bonfire with kids, it's important to make sure that they understand the rules of a bonfire. Explain to them the proper maintenance of a bonfire as well as the dangers involved with getting too close or throwing things (other than wood) into the fire. Keep a bucket of water near your bonfire to prevent a fire from getting out of control.
Do you need to learn how to build a bonfire? Check out our step by step guide to get you started.
How do I make a bonfire pit? If you have to ask, make sure you read these instructions before you start playing with fire.