Reggie and Michael were so pleased when David taught them how to start a fire. First, they gathered the items for the fire. Bark from white birch trees were the fire “starters”, because it is so flammable. Then, they gathered small and larger pine tree branches to maintain the fire. For some (odd) reason, I thought that they were going to rub everything together and “voila” fire would appear. Rather, they used a match to start the fire. The bark and branches kept it going and set the area where the fire should burn! Oh well, this is what they did…
“Mommy and Daddy aren’t doing anything!” – Sean
“I’m not going to be able to keep these (matches).” – Michael
Moving on…you can’t learn how to start a fire without making one of the most popular campfire treats…smores/ s’mores. (We stuck with the basic smores recipe that I remember from camping when I was a kid. Everything just tastes better when it’s cooked over an open fire!)
Campfire Smores Recipe
Yield: 4 smores
- 4 marshmallows
- 8 chocolate squares
- 8 graham cracker squares
(You will also need 4 sticks to use to toast the marshmallows over the open fire.)
- Spread out the graham crackers and place a chocolate square on top of each one.
- Place a marshmallow on the edge of each stick. (Make sure that the stick is large enough that you won’t be too close to the open fire.)
- Holding the sticks, put the marshmallows just above (or touching) the open flame. Rotate your stick until each portion of the marshmallow is browned to your desire.
- When the marshmallows are browned, place each one in between two of the graham cracker/chocolate square combinations. The chocolate should be touching the marshmallows…slightly melting them. Enjoy!
-Parents might want to make sure that the marshmallow centers are not too hot, because the kids (and adults!) might want to eat the smores right away!