When it comes to camping, the campfire is the star of the show. Use these recipes for homemade firestarters to ensure you will always have a roaring fire on your next camping trip! Use the other activities in this post to build a complete camping unit study theme for kids in upper elementary. There is so much to learn while camping! This thematic unit would also make a fun theme for an at-home summer camp or other summer project! You could even do these activities while camping to keep the kids from getting bored.
Basic Homemade Firestarter Recipe
A firestarter simply contains a small amount of easily ignited materials. Common ingredients include:
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The firestarter material is then mixed with a binder (commonly wax) to hold everything together. Muffin cups, egg cartons, cardboard tubes, and coffee filters all make great containers for firestarters.
Creative Ideas for Homemade Firestarters
Use these firestarter recipes to make your own homemade firestarters that you can keep on hand for camping trips, or even for helping a charcoal grill get going.
Toilet Paper Roll Firestarters from Frugal Family Home
Cotton Pad Firestarters from Rustic Essentials
Char Cloth Firestarters from Instructables
Pine Needle Firestarters from Wisdom of the Moon
Straw Firestarters from Instructables
Egg Carton Firestarters from Rickety
Super Match Firestarter from Breach Bang Clear
Cardboard Tube Firestarter from Sadie Seasongoods
Shredded Paper Firestarters from Every Nothing Wonderful
Build a Complete Camping Theme with These Activities
Science: Make a Magnifying Glass from Ice from Schooling a Monkey
STEM: Camping STEM Activities for Kids from Schooling a Monkey
Writing: Camping Writing Worksheets from My Joy-Filled Life
Reading List: Kids’ Books about Camping from Look! We’re Learning!
Outdoor Activity: Camping Hacks for Kids from FrogMom
Math: Camping Math Stations from The Teacher Bag
Physical Activity: Stacking Firewood Game from A Mom with a Lesson Plan
Geography: How to Choose a Campsite from Back Country
Game: I Spy Camping Game from And Next Comes L
Art: Camping Craft from Simply Learning Kids