Having a pretend fake campfire is a must if you do a camping theme in your dramatic play center.
This is a quick and easy tutorial that will show you how to make a super cute, pretend campfire. Your little campers will have a blast sitting around the campfire roasting pretend marshmallows and singing camp songs or telling ghost stories!
Supplies to Make a Fake Campfire for Dramatic Play
Here are the supplies you will need to make your own pretend campfire for a pretend play camping theme.
- One pool noodle
- Wood grain contact paper or brown construction paper
- Red, yellow, and orange tissue paper
- Cardboard box lid
How to Make the Fake Campfire
Here are the step-by-step directions for making your own pretend campfire.
Step 1: Cut the pool noodle into four pieces using the scissors.
Step 2: Cut the contact paper or construction paper to fit each “log” and attach.
Step 3: Arrange the logs inside the box lid and tape in place.
Step 4: Fold the tissue paper into a fire shape and tape in place.
Pool Noodle Campfire for Pretend Play
I found the pool noodle at the dollar store and I already had plenty of wood grain contact paper on hand from my Chicka Chicka project. You could also use paper towel tubes to create the logs for your pretend campfire.
Printable Dramatic Play Camping Kit
Click HERE for more dramatic play camping ideas, pictures and printables.
More Camping Ideas
Camping Books For Preschoolers- Books are great ways to build and extend preschoolers’ experiences. Some preschoolers may have been to a forest or other campsite; others may have camped in their own backyards; and others will have no camping experiences at all. These camping books can help all preschoolers learn more about tents and forests and sleeping outside at a campsite.
Pretend Smores Craft Idea For Kids- A camping theme in the dramatic play center is perfect for late spring or summer. Young children are fascinated by nature, you can easily harness their natural interests and include a pretend play camping center in your classroom. Your pre-K and kindergartner students will have fun with this pretend smores craft idea in their camping themed dramatic play center.