Growing up, I camped a lot! Campfire time was always the highlight of the day. Nothing beats sitting under the stars and feeling the glow of the fire! We toasted marshmallows or made s'mores and enjoyed telling stories, singing and playing games. These engaging activities are suitable for kids of all ages.
We told all kinds of stories, but thrillers were my favorites. Being able to tell a stories is a skill that takes time to develop. The best way to begin is by reading stories and summarizing it. When you get really good at retelling the story, you can begin to add dialogue and voices. Try summarizing these stories from Big Universe.
I still enjoy a good campfire round. We created campfire songbook. Many are found in this book found on Big Universe.
Another idea is to play a game that I call, "story-go round". Basically, one person starts the story. Then each person sitting around the campfire helps to create a story by adding one or two sentences to keep the story going around. This is a great way to foster creativity and a love for sharing their ideas.
Here are some of my favorite campfire story starters.
1. Once upon a time, there was a girl named ____________ and she found a_________________________.
2. In a far a way land called _______________. It was a special place because this land had ____________________.
3. __________ (name) found a ________________. It was no ordinary ________________ because _____________.
There are many ways you could adapt this activity.
1. One-word per person
2. Set limits on the characters/setting
3. Each person has to use a color word
4. Your own idea
Have fun this summer, remember to be safe near fire and enjoy listening and being creative!