With the help of a parent and our theater teacher....we used the following materials for our Halloween school camping adventure:
~ black butcher paper or black plastic bag
~ about 20 rocks from outside of our classroom (large ones)
~ a box of firewood
~ red and orange party streaming rolls
~ one of those small portable fans
~ a production lamp
We put this together in about 30 minutes. First, put the butcher paper for the base down (or black plastic bag). Then take the lamp, facing up, and prop it next to the fan so that the air is pushing up as well. Surround the lamp (not cover) with rocks in a circle. Next, create a circle of firewood. Follow this with some rocks on the outside as well. Finally, take some orange streamers and yellow streamers and tape it to the fan. When you turn on the fan, the streamers go up in the air and make the light flicker with movement. My parent has a lot of theater experience with her children, so she completed this like a pro.
For bonus points (and we did this), we borrowed a fog machine and put it by the back door, open. You only need to push the button once every 45 minutes or so to keep a light fog in the room. We also downloaded camp noises (crickets and owls hooting) and played that in the background. Throw in some marshmallows on a stick (they sell brown ones) and some hot cocoa, and you are good to go.
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