Fun with firelighters

Includes: Indoors, Outdoors, Nature and the great outdoors, Technology and science

Activity time:
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Bright sparks

Get girls to try out different homemade firelighters.


Make the firelighters as follows.

Type 1

  1. Ask the girls to cut the egg cartons apart to make separate pots, and then stuff them with tumble drier fluff.
  2. Place a short piece of candle wick into each pot, leaving a small end sticking out.
  3. Melt the wax in an old bowl, placed inside a larger bowl of hot water. When it had melted, pour it over the top of the pot, sealing in the fluff.

Type 2

  1. Get girls to fill the toilet roll inserts with sawdust and/or shredded paper.
  2. Wrap the rolls in newspaper and twist the ends like a Christmas cracker.

Challenge the girls to use the lighters to build fires, working out which is most effective.

Planning checklist

Safety notes

Hot wax can cause burns – handle very carefully and use pot holders when melting the wax. Take extra precautions when lighting fires and keep a bucket of water nearby to use if necessary.
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Section Number of girls per adult
Rainbows 5
Brownies 8
Guides 12

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2 adults needed