How to Build a Spectacular, Fragrant Fire

“It’s more riveting than a normal fire, and it’s really easy for children to sprinkle on [the additives] and feel like they actually made the fire change colors, as opposed to adults’ doing everything,” said Ms. Lo-Griffin.

“Throwing color on a fire is like glow sticks,” said REI Outdoor School Instructor Brenda Lo-Griffin, “always a hit that transcends generations.” Ms. Lo-Griffin tosses in a Marie Curie-worthy dose of chemicals to turn the flames green (with Borax), blue (with copper chloride), and pink (with lithium chloride).

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