How to Teach Kids about Campfire Building and Safety!

By Molly   •   June 1, 2010

How to Build a Candy Campfire

Campfire safety is something all kids should learn before heading out into the great outdoors. Our Colorado River multi-day trips are one of our most popular family camping and whitewater rafting trips and we always like to have a campfire! (How else can you eat those delicious ‘smores??)


  • Mini Marshmallows
  • Coconut
  • Red Hots
  • Sunflower Seeds
  • Tootsie Rolls
  • Pretzel Sticks
  • Large Gummy Bears

1. What are the first two things you need to start a campfire? You need an adult (giant gummy bear) and water (juice box) near by in case your fire escapes!
2. Build the campfire ring using the mini marshmallows.
3. Place sunflower seeds inside to represent the dirt.
4. Build the A frame from the pretzels.
5. Put coconut inside the A frame as the tinder.
6. As the fire warms up, put the red hots in to represent the hot coals.
7. Place the tootsie rolls on last representing the large logs.
8. Have fun while teaching two important skills: campfire building and campfire safety!

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