The perfect campfire with children
Today dinner will be an adventure – around a campfire! We’ve selected the best recipes for a campfire with children. It’s time to start grilling – twist bread, vegetables and marshmallows. And of course, there also needs to be campfire stories for children and other game ideas for around the campfire. Our tip – after all the delicious food, fun games, and exciting stories, you can spend the night outdoors. Experience nature with all your senses and ignite the fire! Together as a
Recipes for the campfire – quick, easy and delicious
Campfire cookouts need to be quick, easy and delicious! That is what’s most important when it comes to recipes around the campfire with children. After all, there is nothing nicer than a family campfire dinner under the starry sky. So that nothing stands in your way we have collected the best recipes for the next campfire with your children.
Hearty and delicious: Twist bread recipe
- 400 g flour
- 1 large pinch of salt
- 1 packet of dry yeast
- 2 Tbsp. oil
- 1 Tbsp. sugar
- 300 ml lukewarm water
- Place all the ingredients in a bowl and knead well until it forms a smooth dough.
- Our tip – for a little variety, you could also season the bread with herbs such as thyme, oregano and rosemary or dried tomatoes.
- Allow the dough to rise for about 15 minutes. Then you can carefully wrap it around a whittled stick.
- Hold your twist bread above the campfire, at a good distance from the flames, until it is browned to your liking.
- Bon appétit!
Sweet and delicious: Grilled marshmallows recipe
- Fruit to taste
- Alternately spear marshmallows and the fruit of your choice on a skewer.
- Once your skewer is loaded, hold it over the fire for a short time.
Healthy and delicious: Vegetable skewer recipe
- Corn cobs
- Alternately spear the vegetables of your choice as desired on a skewer.
- When you have finished loading your skewer, hold it over the fire for a short time.
- Dig in!
How to enjoy a proper campfire with children
A day in nature is simply wonderful. A night around the campfire tops it off! Because a campfire is where everyone gathers at the end of the day as the temperatures get cooler. You can sing songs, tell stories, play games or simply just enjoy being together as a family. Our tips and tricks let you prepare well for a perfect campfire with children.
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1. Collecting wood...
... is a lot of fun for children, as they are naturally enthusiastic collectors. The basic principle still applies – wood for the campfire needs to be dry. Wet, rotten or decaying wood, but also branches that are too thick or large, won’t work well. Standing deadwood is best, i.e. trees without green leaves that are still standing even though they are dead, and have already dried out. Often they are already half falling down, making it easier to break off branches.
Searching for wood in the forest makes the campfire adventure even more authentic, but the collection of firewood is not permitted everywhere and sometimes there is simply no suitable wood in nature. The easiest and most reliable way to deal with this is to take dry firewood from home. Birch, beech and ash are particularly suitable.
Warning! Walnut or oak develop caustic, acrid smoke. Softwoods burn very well, but also very quickly. In addition to this, the high-resin wood is not suitable for grilling or twist bread, as the smoke can be unhealthy.
2. Stacking wood...
... is particularly easy if you use the right technique. If the wood is placed in the shape of a teepee, the construction often collapses when lit and frequently extinguishes the fire. It’s better to stack the wood in a tower. Before the fire is lit, make sure there is enough dry wood ready for adding.
Our tip – there are two small but important rules of thumb when adding wood. Add smaller and thinner branches first, then the larger pieces later. Secondly, it’s better to add less wood than too much all at once. This method also prevents unnecessary smoke.
3. The tinder…
... is just as important as the correct wood. The better the tinder, the better the fire burns.
The best natural tinder is young birch bark because it burns even when it is wet. Another great way to get the fire going is to use homemade fire lighters made from paper egg cartons. It's simple – cut out the cups, half fill with woodchips and pour in some melted wax. Compact the chips a little. Then fill the rest of the cup with woodchips and seal it with wax – done!
Our tip – it’s a good idea to make a few of these fire lighters for your stockpile and try them out at home to see whether they work. Commercially available fire lighters made of pressed wood chips soaked in wax are also practical. Lighters that use petroleum products should not be used, as they stink and create a lot of smoke.
4. Matches & fire rod…
... are good tools with which children – under adult supervision – can learn how to handle fire properly and responsibly. The downside of matches, however, is that it can be difficult to get the fire going, especially if it’s windy. Ignition is easier with a fire starter rod. These rods are usually made of magnesium, which produces large, high-temperature sparks.
Our tip – in order to generate a good shower of sparks, the metal piece must be pulled across the magnesium rod at sufficient pressure and speed. It’s best to place the end of the stick directly on the tinder so that the sparks hit it directly and don’t fly away.
5. Putting the fire out…
... is just as important as lighting it in the first place, and always needs to be done properly. If the fire was lit in a bowl or mobile fire pit then it is relatively easy to put out. Fires on the ground are a little more complicated. The first step is to use a lot of water. Then wood pieces, ash and soil should be mixed together and water poured over them again until even the large pieces of wood are completely extinguished. If the pieces of wood are still hot to the touch they must be extinguished again.
Warning! Extinguishing with water creates a hot cloud of steam. A suitable safe distance must be maintained.
Game ideas for children around the campfire
1. Game idea: Who am I?
Calling all guessing fans! One of you thinks of a famous person, character or a childhood hero from a book, film, cartoon or game. Now the others need to ask questions and guess who or what is being thought of. But careful, they need to be yes/no questions! Each of you can continue asking until a question is answered with “no.” Then it's the next player's turn. The player who guesses correctly wins and is the next to think of a person/character.
2. Game idea: Broken telephone
Who will be the master of the whisperers? One of you thinks of a word and whispers it into the ear of the person sitting next to you. They pass on the whisper to the person sitting next to them and so on... until the word has made a complete circuit and each of you has had it whispered in your ear. Finally, the word is said out loud. See whether it changed? In case you’re wondering, the final word often has nothing at all to do with the initial word – which is precisely what makes this game so much fun.
3. Game idea: Tell stories
Everyone is sitting comfortably, evening has fallen, the warm campfire crackles and a dreamy atmosphere descends. It should come as no surprise that the campfire, far away from television and other distractions, is a great place to chat. We say it’s time to tell some good stories! They can be funny or scary, true or invented, short or a little longer. Maybe mum and dad will remember a couple of adventures from their childhood days and share them with the whole family? Or children can tell the story in their favorite book? The possibilities are endless – so it’s high time to open the next chapter in your family book!