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Six Reasons Why Kids Should Play With Fire

Aghast with the suggestion that kids should spend time playing with fire? Here’s why it’s a good idea:

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Kids are naturally intrigued by fire, so enforced avoidance can lead to secret and highly dangerous experimentation...

Kids watching the fire they helped to set and light at a nature nursery in Scotland.
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Kids watching the fire they helped to set and light at a nature nursery in Scotland.

...so it’s much better that young children learn about fire and safety during supervised sessions where adults can demonstrate how a safe fire can be carefully set, lit and extinguished.

Children keeping a safe distance from a fire.
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Children keeping a safe distance from a fire.

Children need first-hand experiences to know how to conduct themselves around fire. They also need to know that it can be seriously dangerous to life.

Kids testing the heat.
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Kids testing the heat.

Fire is great for STEM learning (science, technology, engineering and maths); helping children to understand the life-preserving and other qualities of this natural element in terms of heat, light and cooking.

Boys looking for sticks to fuel their fire.
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Boys looking for sticks to fuel their fire.

Children need risky play - it helps them to be self-confident, better at problem solving and keeping themselves safe.

Five minute fires at a kids nursery demonstrate how to safely light a fire - and extinguish it.
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Five minute fires at a kids nursery demonstrate how to safely light a fire - and extinguish it.

And because: toasted marshmallows.

Ubiquitous marshmallows and camp fire combo :-)
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Ubiquitous marshmallows and camp fire combo :-)

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