Create a pretend campfire with imaginative nature play

by | Nov 7, 2018 | Kids Garden Activities

Kids using their imagination with nature play simply warms my heart.

Nature Play

It’s starting to warm up where we live and we’re already getting those really hot summer days. This is encouraging my children to spend more time in the garden as the sun starts to go down and the garden goes into the shade. My children have always loved camping and their favourite game at the moment is to set up their ‘camp’ in our garden.


Imaginative Nature Play – Teepee Camp Fire

**Imaginative Nature Play – Teepee Camp Fire**

Collecting sticks, building a fire and camping out in their teepee. Do you think the kids had fun? Click through here to learn more:

Posted by Family Garden Life on Tuesday, 6 November 2018


Kids Teepee

This time we have used an amazing teepee. It’s made from marine grade fabric so is happy to be left outside if it gets forgotten and it starts to rain and it also copes really well with the hot Aussie sun. The teepee is such a beautiful ‘base’ for their camping play. Down the front, it has wonderful wooden toggles that the children can open to crawl inside and make their beds and it is so easy to set up that even a child can do it (much better than our camping tent that can take my husband and I an age).

Nature play teepee


The other day the children decided they wanted to build a fire outside their camp. We wandered down to the local park and enjoyed finding appropriate sticks and kindling. Because we needed to make flames for our fire we searched for inspiration within nature on how we could do this. My daughter saw a branch that the cockatoos must have broken from the tree. It still had lots of leaves on it and she decided this would be a perfect way of making the flames for the fire. We collected a few of these and headed home.

In the garden, they built the sticks into a beautiful camp fire. My son used two pieces to rub together to pretend to start a flame. Then they spent time painting the leaves of the branches so that the fire would come to life. They used acrylic paint in yellow and red. The painted leaves really gave their camp fire the look of being alight. After warming their hands they decided to do some craft.

Nature play camp fire paint Imaginative camp fire

Nature Craft

For their nature-inspired craft, they used badam pods, lotus pods, bell cups, bamboo pieces and branch offcuts. They decided they wanted to make a natural city. They spent ages looking at the pieces and planning how to make the houses, roads and features of their city. It was great to see them so happily occupied.

Nature inspired craft

As the sun started to set, the children happily crawled into their teepee. They had placed down a blanket and a few cushions and they disappeared inside.  All I could hear was their laughter.

Warming hands by the camp fire