Camping Activities for Kids

Let's Have a Cookout!

Let's Have a Cookout! is a great camping activity for kids, especially when everyone's hungry. Cooking on an outdoor grill is easy and fun.

How to Have a Cookout!

What You'll Need:

  • Grill
  • Old Newspaper or Wax-Based Fire Starters
  • Charcoal Briquets
  • Matches or Butane Lighter
  • Hot Dogs
  • Hamburgers
  • Serving Dish
  • Spatula

Step One: To make a charcoal fire, place crumpled newspaper (or two wax-based fire-starting cubes) in the middle of the barbecue. Pile charcoal briquets loosely over the paper. Leave space between the briquets and the grill.

Step Two: Use a long match or a butane charcoal starter to light the paper. Once the charcoal is burning, put the lid on the grill to hold the heat in while the charcoal burns to coal. (A homemade grill has no lid, so you'll have to wait a bit longer.)

Step Three: Once you have a good bed of coals, grill something easy, like hot dogs -- all they need is to be heated. Set them on the grill and let them cook until they sizzle, turning them once. Once they're hot, put them in a serving dish.

Step Four: Next, shape hamburger meat into patties about a half-inch thick and place on the grill. Cover and let them cook about five minutes. Turn with a long-handled spatula and finish cooking on the other side.

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