Glow-in-the-dark books and making a indoor campfire craft

This sweet and safe indoor campfire is a craft I used in my homeschool co-op for my preschoolers and kindergarteners this week and it was a huge hit!  We sat around a circle while I read books that glow-in-the-dark, told camp stories and drank cocoa that I smuggled in.  It was wonderful!

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This craft (which is incredibly simple) could be used for any number of winter studies…  to read books by on the winter solstice, to give some weight to a fun, nocturnal animal study, or like I did – to talk about the upcoming time change with little ones.  A fun and SAFE idea that they will remember for a long, long time.


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All I did was use this flickering LED candle in the center. 

Then folded a large piece of tissue paper in half and cut it into tongue of flame shapes with a pair of scissors. I did the same with two gold sheets of tissue and wrapped them around the flickering candle, allowing a few to bend in and the rest to kind of flutter in all directions.

After that, it just took a bit of kindling and a bit of magic, and the kids were hooked.  (You could use sticks or anything for this portion.  Everything outside is wet at this point in our year.)
It had a wonderful flickering fire effect!  It was so charming.  Hope you enjoy it!



I read a glow-in-the-dark book by flashlight and campfire light.  I think the kids loved it most when I turned off the flashlight so the book really glowed!  (Click for link to book)



It was a lovely class!
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