How to Create a Fake Indoor Campfire
By Emily Kinnon, Learn-to Camp, Club Parka, Parks Canada
May 4, 2018
When the conversation turns to camping, do you have a particular memory that jumps to mind? Maybe it’s waiting the rain out from inside your tent, getting creative while cooking over a fire or spending some of the best times ever with family and friends.
The neat thing about camping is that options and styles are constantly growing and changing. No matter which route you choose – tent, RV, oTENTik, cabin, frontcountry, backcountry — camping will always be one of the best ways to discover the beauty of Canada!
Got some little ones who are new to camping? Here’s an activity to get the whole family in the camping spirit without ever having to leave the comfort of home. It’s an especially good way to enjoy “camping” on a rainy day and to get those imaginations running.
Break out the marshmallows, it’s time for a campfire!
What You'll Need
- A small fan
- Red, orange and yellow tissue paper
- A pair of scissors
- Sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, cuddly toys and other camping items
How it's Made
Cut out flames of different sizes in each colour of tissue paper. (Note: You can always trace out the flames beforehand and have your little one cut them out following the tracings.)
On the floor or a flat surface, place the fan on its back so that it is stable and the blades will blow air upwards.
Make sure the fan is not plugged in (for now). Using tape, stick the flames to the fan grill so that they rise upwards when the fan is turned on. Be sure to place the flames in a way so that they will not get damaged by the blades when the fan is running.
Now it’s time to get cozy! Create a little “nest“ around the campfire using blankets, pillows, and any other camping items you might have laying around the house.
Turn off the lights, turn on your fan and get toasty around your very own campfire!
If you’re wondering what to do next, try brainstorming as a family about your next camping trip or your favourite things to do around a campfire like telling stories, singing songs, or playing games. Break out the marshmallows (or snacks of your choice) to “cook” them over your camp fire, and don’t forget to check out the The Parka Song for a bit of music! (The lyrics and guitar chords are available here.)