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Play bonfire night safety charades

Work as a team to act out and identify rules for staying safe around bonfires and firework.

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You’ll need

  • Fireworks and bonfire safety tips
Fireworks and bonfire safety tips
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Before the game begins

  • Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Additional help to carry out your risk assessment, including examples can be found here. Don’t forget to make sure all young people and adults involved in the activity know how to take part safely.
  • Make sure you’ll have enough adult helpers. You may need some parents and carers to help if you’re short on helpers

Getting ready to run this activity

  • Print off and cut out the firework and bonfire safety tips or copy the tips onto scraps of paper.

The game

  1. Gather everyone together and explain that you're playing a game to learn about how to stay safe around bonfires and fireworks.
  2. Divide everyone into small groups and give each group one of the safety tips.
  3. Give the groups time to think about their rule and prepare a silent roleplay to describe it.
  4. After a set amount of time, come together as a group and have each group perform their roleplay. The rest of the groups try to guess what they're acting out.
  5. At the end, discuss the rules behind each roleplay and talk about why they're important for staying safe around fireworks.


This activity should encourage you to think about the steps you can take to enjoy a bonfire and firework display safely. Staying safe allows you to enjoy yourself without worrying about being hurt.


All activities must be safely managed. You must complete a thorough risk assessment and take appropriate steps to reduce risk. Use the safety checklist to help you plan and risk assess your activity. Always get approval for the activity, and have suitable supervision and an InTouch process.

Some young people will be less confident performing in front of others, so try other ways of delivering this activity, such as drawing a storyboard or putting on a puppet show.

All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.