Campfire Games & Songs

P719s001 (124)Nothing says camping like a campfire. The smoke, the embers, the dancing flames…. If you are camping regularly, you may be interested in ideas to spice up your family’s time around the fire…

Although adults are usually content to stare into the flames while sipping on wine or beer and chatting with others, kids will probably be itching to do something other than poking at the fire with a stick…if their parents even let them do that! Here are some ideas to keep the whole family entertained while sitting around the fire….


  1. Glow in the dark bubbles: Blowing bubbles that glow in the dark can be a very captivating activity to keep little ones busy for hours. To make the bubble mixture, mix water, dish soap and glycerin in a jar until well combined. Cover jar and let set 24 hours. Just prior to use activate a glow stick, carefully cut the end off and pour it into the mixture. Stir well & blow bubbles!
  2. Charades: Playing charades in the glow of the campfire adds a new twist to the game and can make it even more fun.
  3. Flashlight Tag: Just like playing regular tag but instead of touching the person with your hand to tag them, you use the beam of light from the flashlight.
  4. Scavenger Hunt: This one takes a bit of planning but can be extra fun when the participants are sent looking for clues in the areas surrounding the campfire. Prizes can be set up in targeted areas and can include more fun games to enjoy around the fire.

For more game ideas, check out the following resources: Escape Adulthood, Youth Group Games, The Stir or imom.


If you are a musical family, a sing a long around the campfire may be right up your alley. If someone has an acoustic guitar, a harmonica or another portable instrument, your sing a long will undoubtedly keep the young ones entertained especially if they have an instrument of their own and will probably attract attention and bring in guests to your campsite.

On Top of Spaghetti

On top of spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
I lost my poor meatball,
When somebody sneezed.

It rolled off the table,
And on to the floor,
And then my poor meatball,
Rolled out of the door.

It rolled in the garden,
And under a bush,
And then my poor meatball,
Was nothing but mush.

The mush was as tasty
As tasty could be,
And then the next summer,
It grew into a tree.

The tree was all covered,
All covered with moss,
And on it grew meatballs,
And tomato sauce.

So if you eat spaghetti,
All covered with cheese,
Hold on to your meatball,
Whenever you sneeze.


Edelweiss, Edelweiss
Every morning you greet me
Small and white clean and bright
You look happy to meet me
Blossom of snow may you bloom and grow
Bloom and grow forever
Edelweiss, Edelweiss
Bless my homeland forever.

Do Your Ears Hang Low?

Do your ears hang low?

Do they wobble to and fro?

Can you tie them in a knot?

Can you tie them in a bow?

Can you throw them o’er your shoulder

like a continental soldier?

G    D7   G
Do your ears hang low?

Do your ears hang high?
Do they reach up to the sky?
Do they droop when they are wet?
Do they stiffen when they’re dry?
Can you semaphore your neighbour
with a minimum of labour?
Do your ears hang high?

Do your ears flip-flop?
Can you use them for a mop?
Are they stringy at the bottom?
Are they curly at the top?
Can you use them for a swatter?
Can you use them for a blotter?
Do your ears flip-flop?

Do your ears hang out?
Can you waggle them about?
Can you flip them up and down
as you fly around the town?
Can you shut them up for sure
when you hear an awful bore?
Do your ears hang out

Frere Jacques

Frere Jacques, Frere Jacques

Dormez vous? Dormez vous?

Sonnez les matines. Sonnez les matines.

D      A     D
Din,  Din, Don

D     A     D
Din, Din, Don.

I’m a Little Teapot

I’m a little teapot

D              A
Short and stout.

E7             A
Here is my handle

E7             A
Here is my spout.

When I get all steamed up

D            A
Here me shout.

Tip me over and

Pour me out.

A lot more songs and chords can be found here: Classic Campfire Songs

Wishing you wonderful family time around the campfire this summer!

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