You will need
- Lollipop sticks
- Tissue paper
- A4 paper
- An empty, clean, translucent milk bottle.
- Fairy lights logs
Before you begin
- The meeting before your indoor campfire, let everyone know that you’re going to have a talent show.
- Ask everyone to prepare and practise something for the talent show. For example, singing, playing a song on an instrument, dancing, miming, juggling, performing a sketch, showing a skill, or reading a poem.
- Plan timings, and find roles for anyone who doesn’t want to perform. For example, they could hand out snacks, report on the event with photos or drawings, or make sure performers are ready at the right time.
- Remind anyone who needs to bring any equipment or costumes not to forget them next time you meet!
Make an indoor campfire
This is just one way of making an indoor campfire. You could also fill jars with fairy lights or hang fairy or garden lights around your meeting place. Check out the ‘Indoor campfire examples’ sheet for ideas.
- Everyone should split into small groups. Each small group should fill a milk bottle with water, put some glow sticks inside, and stick some paper or tissue paper flames to the top.
- Everyone should arrange their milk bottles in a circle into the middle of the room.
- Everyone should work together to surround the milk bottles with sticks and logs.
At the campfire
- The person leading the activity should check that everyone who said they’d perform still wants to give it a go. They should give everyone some time to practice if they need to.
- Everyone should sit around the campfire and enjoy sharing in everyone’s talents.
- Anyone who’s chosen not to perform should take part in their own way, whether they’re handing out snacks, gathering pictures and quotes, or making sure the next act is ready.
- Everyone should support each performer by clapping and cheering when their act is finished.
- Once all the performers have showcased their talents, everyone should finish by singing a campfire song together.
This activity gave people a chance to perform in a safe space with their friends. How did people feel before performing? Performing can make people feel nervous or excited beforehand. Afterwards, people may feel proud and happy. Anyone who’s a confident performer could share some tips that make it easier. For example, they may take a deep breath, practise lots before the performance, or perform with friends.
Some people probably tried something new by performing in front of their friends. Was it like they thought it would be? Some people may find it was less scary, or easier. Would people do anything differently next time? Well done to everyone who gave sharing a talent a go, especially the performers.
- Rubbish and recycling
All items should be clean and suitable for this activity.
Provide some light, so the environment isn’t completely dark. Everyone must be able to see others and move around the area safely.
- Music and films
Make sure music and films are age appropriate for the youngest person present.