So, this website is all about crafts.  With me, that means crafts that I do with kids.  I also want to let you know about websites that help kids and their minders encourage making.  Making stuff is important.  So many of us can’t make things and that sucks.  My opinion.

I’m doing two “Camp Out” storytimes in the next week or so, to mesh with the Collaborative Summer Reading Club theme, of “Dream Big – Read!”  I wanted a craft that reminded kids of camping out.  I found this craft on Kaboose.com– an excellent resource for parents, troops leaders and librarians like me.  It is so cool and it uses recyclable stuff – old CDs, sticks, stones, etc.

Here’s what the Kaboose craft looks like. Cool, huh?

EXCEPT…in one of my storytimes, the children will be as young as 2.  And in the other one, the kids are between 5 and 8.  The age for this is 6 and up.  Sigh.  Also, anyone who has ever tried to glue things to plastic knows that white glue might work but not all that well.

I had already decided to substitute cardboard egg carton cups for the stones and I sent the craft to a co-worker when I asked her to save egg cartons for me.  She showed it her family and THEY suggested that I also substitute a paper plate for the CD.  Then the whole thing could be used as an actual fire starter.  Oh my!  I love that idea.

Here is my version – not as neat and crafty as Kaboose’s but…:

Little kids campfire.

I cut a hole in the center of the plate so that it could be set on a flashlight like this:

Fire glow!

Hope you like this.  You can pretty easily see how this is put is together.  But to further simplify things, I cut a half inch ring from a paper tube and glued my flames to that.  Then glued it to the plate with the hole in the center.  For very small children, the flame assemblage can be put together before hand.  Not a bad idea.








About craftiestories

A children's librarian, blogger, writer, crafter, and occasional accordion player - That's ME! I have about 30 years experience in children's libraries - not including my very first high school job shelving books. I love to make crafts and make up crafts.
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