Artsy Parenting: Activity Hour – Summer Campfire

Whether you love to go camping or just want to play pretend, this activity is a great craft that provides imaginative play for hours afterward.


This is what you’ll need:

  • Cardboard
  • TP or paper towel tubes
  • Red, orange and yellow tissue paper
  • Sticks, twigs and leaves
  • Glue
  • Hot glue
  • Egg cartons (cardboard, not Styrofoam)
  • Brown and white paint
  • Paint brush
  • Scissors

Step 1 – Make the Base
Cut a piece of cardboard in the shape of a circle. Have kids paint the cardboard circle brown.
*Tips for parents: Help kids learn about circles at this step. You can put a plate or a bowl on the cardboard and have your child help trace around it to make the circle shape.


Step 2 – Add the Logs
Have kids use white glue to stick twigs, leaves and cardboard tubes to the brown circle. (Parents can go back and reinforce this with a glue gun if necessary.)
*Tips for parents: If your child has never seen a campfire before, building one (safely) outside at a campground might be fun for research. If you can’t do that, find a photo of one online and show children the different parts. This is a great time to teach fire safety and explain that fire can be very hot.


Step 3 – Make Fire
Tear up pieces of tissue paper and glue them to the logs to make fire.
*Tips for parents: Younger kids can practice fine motor skills tearing up the tissue paper. Older kids can practice their scissor skills. 


Step 4 – Make the Marshmallows
Cut apart the egg carton and paint a few of the cups white. Use a hot glue gun to glue a stick to the inside of the cup.
*Tips for parents: Play with your campfire! Cut up cardboard squares and make “smores,” or use this time to sing songs around the fire.