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Paper plate campfire craft

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If are you are planning a camping weekend with your kids or are looking for an easy summer crafting idea, this paper plate campfire craft will be fun.It is perfect for little ones who love s’mores. And who doesn’t? I haven’t met a kid so far not to love s’mores.

Paper plate campfire craft for kids to try this summer at camping

S’mores are a summer and fall delight for us. We have them either in our backyard or at camping. 

My kids love helping their dad starting a campfire. It’s one of their camping highlights. Each camping meal has to end with a s’more.

I’ve been on a gluten-free diet for several months now, so no more s’mores for me. I tried to replace them with banana boats but it’s just not the same. I will have to find some gluten-free crackers I can use for s’mores. Because I’m not ready to give up this treat.

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This paper plate campfire craft can be used with the marshmallow stick or not. By adding the stick you turn the campfire craft into an interactive craft that kids will play with over and over again.

Like all our yarn craft, this one encourages the use of fine motor skills in young kids. They will have to thread the yarn through holes in the paper plate. The rest of the craft will consist in scissors cutting and gluing paper parts together.

Summer campfire craft

This summer craft comes with a printable template, that you can find at the end of the article. Just print it, cut out the patterns and trace them on paper or the paper plate. You will only need brown paper for the fire wood and the marshmallow stick. The marshmallow itself you can make from the paper plate part you will cut out. I recommend using brown cardstock paper instead of construction paper so the stick doesn’t bend and kids can play with it.

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How to make a paper plate campfire craft

Start by downloading the campfire template (find it at the end of the post). Cut out the fire shape and trace it in the middle of the paper plate. 

Fire shape

Cut out the fire shape from the paper plate. If you use a craft knife, make sure that this step is done by an adult. Otherwise, kids can use scissors.

Holes

Use a hole punch to make holes along the fire shape.

Yarn campfire

Cut a strand of  orange yarn, thread it through a plastic yarn needle and tie one end to the needle. Tape the other end of the yarn at the back of the paper plate. You can now start threading the yarn through the holes in the paper plate.

You can go through the holes one or several times. Keep on threading until you reach the end of your yarn. Secure the end of the yarn to the back of the paper plate with tape.

If you ran out of yarn before you could cover all the holes in your paper plate, cut another strand of yarn and repeat this step.

fire wood

Use the firewood pattern to cut out two of them from brown cardstock paper or construction paper.

Glue the firewood at the bottom of the campfire.

Marshmallow stick

Cut out the stick from brown cardstock paper. You may want to use a cardstock paper as thick as you can find so kids can play with their craft and roast the marshmallow on fire.

Glue the marshmallow onto the stick.

Paper plate campfire craft

Paper plate campfire craft

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes

An easy paper plate campfire craft for kids who love s'mores and going camping during the summer time. Use the free printable template for this fun interactive craft.

Materials

  • Campfire template - find it at the end of the post
  • Paper plate
  • Brown and white cardstock paper
  • Orange yarn
  • Plastic yarn needle

Tools

  • Hole punch
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Tape

Instructions

  1. Start by downloading the campfire template (find it at the end of the post). Cut out the fire shape and trace it in the middle of the paper plate. 
  2. Cut out the fire shape on the paper plate. If you use a craft knife, make sure that this step is done by an adult. Otherwise, kids can use scissors.
  3. Use a hole punch to make holes along the fire shape.
  4. Cut a strand of  orange yarn, thread it through a plastic yarn needle and tie one end to the needle. Tape the other end of the yarn at the back of the paper plate. You can now start threading the yarn through the holes in the paper plate. You can go through the holes one or several times. Keep on threading until you reach the end of your yarn. Secure the end of the yarn to the back of the paper plate with tape. If you ran out of yarn before you could cover all the holes in your paper plate, cut another strand of yarn and repeat this step.
  5. Use the wood fire pattern to cut out two of them from brown cardstock paper or construction paper.
  6. Glue the fire wood at the bottom of the campfire.
  7. Cut out the stick from brown cardstock paper. You may want to use a cardstock paper as thick as you can find so kids can play with their craft and roast the marshmallow on fire.
  8. Glue the marshmallow onto the stick.

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