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A selection of our fire guides & activities - for inspiration & confidence to bring fire to your setting.



Welcome to Muddy Faces Inspirations: bringing together activities & ideas with a specific theme, to inspire your time outdoors playing, learning & connecting with nature. Follow the highlighted links to take you to our step-by-step activity guides.

From the basics of choosing your site, building your fire and how to light it, to cooking and crafting round the campfire, here’s a selection of fire-based activities to inspire your time outdoors.

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Fire basics

Fires: fire safety guide

A guide to the essentials of campfire safety and points to consider with any fire activity.

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Fires: fire area preparation

A comprehensive guide to preparing and building a fire area in an outdoor setting.

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Fires: fire pit designs

Pros and cons of a range of different styles & materials for creating your fire pit.

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Fires: extinguishing a fire

Extinguishing a fire properly is really important to prevent re-ignition and ground fire.

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Fires: creating & maintaining

A guide and top tips for creating and maintaining a fire. For some, the art of fire lighting can be tricky; these basic rules will help make each fire successful.

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Campfire play set - make your own

Using loose parts to create a set up for campfire cooking, ideal for any mud kitchen or den area.

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Fire Lighting

Fires: methods of ignition

There are many ways to start a fire. We look at the pros and cons of some of the main ones.

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Fires: how to use a fire steel

All you need to know about fire steels (ferrous rods) and some top tips on how to use them.

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Fires: traditional flint & steel

Both simple and complicated at the same time - here’s the what & how of flint & steel fire lighting.

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Campfire cooking

Fires: building a cooking fire

Many campfire cooking activities need embers to cook on, rather than flames - here's how to prepare your fire.

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Make a campfire cooking fork

Make a campfire cooking fork -simple to make and perfect for cooking little tasty treats like pieces of apple!

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Using a storm kettle

A step-by-step guide to using a storm kettle aka Kelly kettle.

Scroll to the bottom to download our free pdf: Step-by-Step Guide to Using a Storm Kettle.

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Campfire Recipes

Campfire bread on a stick

Freshly baked bread smells even better on a campfire! Here’s a quick unleavened (non yeast) recipe to try.

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Campfire baked potatoes

A campfire cooking classic! So simple but ohhhh so yummy, healthy and filling!

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Campfire Spiral Potato

Add a twist to campfire cooking and try out spiralled potatoes!

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Hot dog bread camping meal

A simple to prepare campfire meal!

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Campfire baked apples

Another tasty campfire cooking treat - and one of your 5 a day!

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Campfire orange cakes

A fun, yummy campfire cake activity. Plus, reflections on campfire cooking methods & why these cakes taste SO good!

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Campfire popcorn in a pan

A simple way to cook a large quantity of great tasting (and not smoky) popcorn on a campfire.

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Make a sieve popcorn cooker

Cooking popcorn in sieves is a wonderful visual experience - here's how to make your own.

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Campfire popcorn in a sieve

Cooking popcorn kernels over a campfire using sieves is a fascinating campfire cooking activity.

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campfire craft

Making oak gall ink

A campfire craft activity making ink from earth (oak galls), air, wind and fire - who'd have thought?!

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Making charcoal

How to make charcoal from pieces of willow.

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Natural dyes

An in depth activity requiring cooking over a fire (or inside if necessary) but what an amazing science experiment whilst physically connecting with nature.

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Campfire star

A super simple campfire craft activity.

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Pewter - casting over a fire

An advanced-ability campfire craft activity to create beautiful unique pewter keepsakes.

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How to make char cloth

Make your own char cloth to use with flint and steel fire lighting – it is super quick and easy to do.

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Sitting around a fire is a wonderfully therapeutic and sensory experience; just watching the flames and feeling the warmth from the fire feels timeless and cosy. Obviously you need to move occasionally if the smoke blows in your face!

Having a focal point helps to ease people into conversation.

Sitting around fires is great for storytelling and singing too.

Disclaimer: Muddy Faces cannot take any responsibility for accidents or damage that occurs as a result of following this activity.You are responsible for making sure the activity is conducted safely.

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