This is a project you can do with the kids and they love it. It adds to the anticipation of going camping. After an evening or two of making their own fire starters they will look forward to getting to the campground and actually using them to light the campfire. It’s a fun family project that can get everyone involved in the upcoming trip.
Most homemade fire starters will be made in egg cartons or toilet paper rolls. These will serve as the base for your supply. You’ll also need some melted wax. This will provide the base for your fire starters and the wax will seal the materials inside until you need them.
Have the kids help you in collecting the egg cartons and toilet paper rolls for a time before you plan to make the fire starters. They can also help in collecting dryer lint which is the fuel source for your creations. You might want to establish some collection containers for these items and let the kids mark them accordingly. It will be fun to see the little ones remind each other not to throw these items away and take them to the collection area.
You’ll be filling the egg carton cups or toilet paper rolls with a ball of dryer lint. Then fill the rest of the space with your melted wax. Be careful because it is hot. You may want to have the kids just watch with this phase. Be sure that some of the dryer lint sticks out of the hardened wax. This will serve as your wick and will assist you in lighting the fire starter.
You can also waterproof stick matches by dipping them in the wax you’ve prepared. Keep them in a small tin of some kind and then you can strike them over the kindling for your fire.
You can see more ways to make your own firestarters at 8 Homemade Firestarters.
These are easy ways of enjoying a family activity and making something you’ll actually use when you’re camping. The kids will long remember the whole process and that always feels great.