We have had a lovely day at Gibside taking part in a fire making workshop with a group of home ed friends. We learned about the different types of fuel (tinder, kindling and firewood) and the children collected some of each type from the woods. They used a hand drill and a bow drill to create heat from the friction between the wood and we made sparks with a metal fire striker which we used to ignite small pieces of cotton wool. There was a fire area in the middle where the leader built a small fire using the fuel collected and then the children toasted marshmallows on sticks over it.
We headed to the playground for a picnic too. Lovely woodland day and we all smell of fire to remind us of it! We may be trying some of this out at home.