We have re-visited our camp building again this week. It was not as much of a hit this time round but the little ones were rather tired so I think that was a big part of it.
There was a lot of stinging nettle bashing, with long sticks and Brendan even worked on making a catapult, by bending back a supple branch and then letting it go again, watching it fling back up in the air!
Brendan and another little boy explored the more dense undergrowth and found several golf balls. I think they must have been knocked in to the bushes from the playing field.
We gathered up lots of sticks to carry home, in big bundles. Once the babies were having their afternoon nap, I helped the older boys build a fire in my Chimnea. They new to use dried grass and rolled up paper at the base and then build a tee pee with the sticks before lighting it all.
Once the fire was lit, they all enjoyed feeding more sticks on to it and were really careful and calm. They showed real respect for the fire and the fact that it could burn them if the were silly near it.
After a while we left the fire to die down a bit and had our lunch. When we came back to it the flames had gone and we were left with burning embers and heat. Perfect for toasting marshmallows! So that’s what we did!
We even sang some camp fire songs and used the charcoal from burnt sticks to draw and write on the patio!
This activity meets the EYFS