Edible Fires

Kathy Pechmann
Editor of The Acorn
White Oaks Area, Ontario


  • Large cookie - base
  • M & M's peanuts - rock ring
  • Potato Sticks - kindling
  • Candy Corn - fire
  • 7 UP - water
  • Granola - dirt
  • Cheerios - safety circle
  • Stiff icing -
  • Small paper cups - buckets


  • Assemble edible fire with candies using icing as glue
  • Set rock ring
  • Mark safety circle (no play zone)
  • Lay kindling
  • Add logs
  • Put fuel wood beside fire
  • Light fire (add candy corn)
  • Enjoy eating
  • Use buckets of water for fire extinguishers

To learn to fire building indoors, make an edible fire!
you can have a party and go over the procedures for laying a safe fire all at the same tine.


  • napkins
  • paper cups to fill with water
  • candy corn or cheerios
  • shredded coconut
  • pretzels
  • cheezies
  • cinnamon hearts (red hots)
  • one toothpick per girl


  1. Each girl should unfold her napkin and lay it nice and smooth to represent the clearing that has to be done in an area to make it safe to build a fire. Here you may go into as much detail as you feel your girls are ready for. Discuss safe places to build fires.
  2. Make a fire ring of cheerios. Again you may pause and talk about safety.
  3. Next you make three piles of firewood: coconut for the tinder, pretzels for the kindling and cheezies for logs.
  4. Before you lay the fire you need a cup of water to represent the fire fighting equipment that should be on hand.
  5. Now you are ready to lay your fire: Lay an A or V of logs after you decide what direction the wind is blowing.
  6. Lay your tinder against the crossbar of the A or in the cross of V. As each girl is ready, she gets a toothpick for a match to hold in under the largest pile of tinder and you drop a few red hots on top to show that the fire is burning brightly, using just one match!
  7. Then she places on more kindling and logs as the fire burns brighter. After her fire has been approved by the leader she eats it all!!

Sue Moore
  • Clear ground - placemat (can be a sheet of paper)
  • bucket of water - cup of water or Kool aid
  • bucket of sand - cup of granola
  • fire circle - M&Ms in a circle ~4" in diameter
  • safety circle - peanuts in circle about an inch outside fire circle
  • Fuel - red rope licorice cut into 3" pieces
  • Kindling - thin stick pretzels
  • Tinder - shoestring potatoes
  • fire - red hots, skittles, etc
You teach about fire safety and how to lay a fire as the girls mimic your actions of building a fire. When the fires are built properly they get their fire.

Then they put all the dry stuff into a sandwich-size ziploc bag as a GORP snack. OK, so it isn't really GORP without raisins...

Put some into the granola or put them between the peanuts in the safety circle. BTW - not sure if your council teaches a safety circle. It's a circle 5' out from the fire circle and kids aren't allowed to play or move faster than a walk while inside this circle.

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