This past we I decided to bring the outdoors inside and sing some campfire songs with my kindergarten classes.  We made it authentic with an artificial campfire complete with real logs.

We sang: Down By The Bay, Herman The Worm, Boom Chicka Boom, Bear Hunt, and five little ducks. It was a great activity as many of the kids have never experience camping before.  Everyone took turns leading the songs and providing suggestions for the various actions of each songs.

The campfire was relatively simple to make.  First take some long sticks, approx 30cm., and build a cone frame.  But, make sure you build it so that a light source can fit inside.  I used a flashlight lantern.  You will also need to decide how to support your cone.  I put my cone frame on a piece of cardboard and cut a hole in the bottom so it could all fit over the flashlight.  A lantern type of flashlight works best as the light comes from the sides and not the top.  Finally, you will need some logs to go around it.  I used some real logs which you can get from a farm or friend with a real fireplace.  Don’t forget to turn the lights off when you are singing.  The only downside is that you can’t cook marshmallows or hot dogs on it.

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