Need some super easy camping meals for kids? Check out these campfire recipes for over-the-fire meals and food on a stick. These are perfect for camping cookouts or backyard grilling.
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When my boys were little we didn’t have a lot of money for vacations. We had access to a lakeside cottage at no cost and that worked well for us. Often the boys would set up a couple tents in the yard, roll out the sleeping bags and spend their days exploring.
It was the best of both worlds. I had access to indoor plumbing and the boys enjoyed tenting. Although we had access to an electric stove, we still enjoyed cooking meals over a campfire.
Food always tastes better when you’ve spent the days outdoors, and those meals shared around the fire are a wonderful part of my kid’s childhood memories. For some reason most kids love cooking meals over a fire.
What if you hate the thought of camping with kids?
Does the thought of camping with kids fill you with trepidation? Why not have a backyard cookout? If that isn’t possible take a day trip to a park that provides cooking fire pits. You’ll still have the shared experience of the cooking meals outside. It doesn’t get much better than that!
11 Easy Campfire Recipes Your Kids Will Love
I’ve collected 11 delicious recipes that your family will love. They are easy to prepare in advance if you wish and cook up easily.
Camping tip: Don’t forget to stock up on heavy -duty tin foil.
1. Camp Fire French Toast
Look at this scrummy Campfire French Toast recipe. The great thing is that you can make breakfast for the whole family in one go..
2. Camp Fire Toasted Cinnamon rolls
My kids would have loved cooking canned cinnamon rolls on a skewer. Do be sure to read all the tips on how to cook them evenly and keep them from falling into the fire YIKES!
1. Campfire Pizza nachos
Didn’t think you could have nachos while camping?! Yes, you can! Everyone will love this kids friendly pizza nachos recipe!
2. Curly dogs
These curly dogs are classic favourite. All you have to do is wrap ready dough around your hot dog, add it to your roasting stick, and cook over your campfire. My boys loved this one!
1. Shrimp foil packets
These Shrimp Boil Foil Packs is gourmet campfire cooking at its best. It’s easy to put together and sounds wonderful. I think this is something that would also do well on a BBQ.
2. Camping Pizza
My kids would eat pizza every day if they could. If your family is the same, this camping pizza recipe will be a hit!
3. Camping Quesadillas
Add all of your favourite toppings to these camping quesadillas, wrap in tinfoil and lay on the grate right over your campfire. The fire will melt everything together. Easy peasy!
4. Campfire corn on the cob
Prepare your corn, wrap in heavy-duty tinfoil and add to the coals. This camfire corn on the cob is super easy. Don’t forget the butter YUM!
5. Baked Potatoes
When it comes to campfire cooking kids love to do it themselves. These Grilled Baked Potatoes are really easy to make.
As my boys would say – we really can’t forget dessert can we?!
1. Baked campfire apples
While campfire dessert recipes usually mean smores, these baked campfire apples are sure to be a hit.
2. Banana boats
My boys loved campfire banana boats! You’ll need a spoon to eat these little campfire treats! Let everyone fill their boats with some of their favourite treats and wait by the campfire while it all melts together.
Here is a handy video in which a number of campfire desserts are tested and reviewed. Would that be a wonderful job?
Outdoor Fire Safety
Here’s some safety tips and campfire rules from Smokey Bear. I would add these to help keep campfire cooking as safe as possible for your kids.
- Pull back and secure long hair with hairbands.
- Avoid loose flowing clothing (including bandanas and jewelry) near fire, or clothes that easily catch fire with a spark (synthetics)
- Create a safety circle around the campfire or grill.
- No running or playing near the campfire.
- Always supervise kids around a fire, and limit the number of kids close to the fire.
Here’s a helpful videos about making a camp fire with kids. It also includes some safety tips.
Now it’s your turn
DO you enjoy camping with your kids? What are your favourite campfire recipes?
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