3 Campfire Songs to Teach Your Kids​​​​​​​

3 Campfire Songs to Teach Your Kids

When gathering around the campfire, s’mores in hand, there’s nothing more rousing—or soothing—than a good campfire song. Use these to exert that pre-bedtime sugar, and then end with a lullaby to send everyone off to their sleeping bags.



Down By the Bay


This fun musical improv works on rhyming skills and is laughter guaranteed. The basic stanza is repetitive:


Down by the bay.

Where the watermelons grow.

Back to my home.

I dare not go.

For if I do

My mother will say,

“Did you ever see a ---?”

Down by the bay.


You can use the traditional options such as a “cat wearing a hat” or a “goat rowing a boat”, but the fun really begins when you invent your own, such as “Did you ever see a spider rocking a glider?”

To learn the tune and get your creative campfire juices flowing, check out the song at Super Simple Online.


She’ll Be Comin’ Around the Mountain


This super-simple, repetitive song is a classic from most childhoods. If you’re camping in the mountains, especially Appalachia where the song originates, it’s the perfect choice for your campfire setting. Sung with gusto, each stanza has developed its own active motion over the years, so be careful where you’re flinging the marshmallows while you sing!


First Stanza, blow your horn at the end of the line (toot toot!):


She’ll be comin’ round the mountain when she comes

She’ll be comin’ round the mountain when she comes

She’ll be comin’ round the mountain

She’ll be comin’ round the mountain

She’ll be comin’ around the mountain when she comes

For a complete singing of the song—with visuals to get the kids engaged before you leave the Wifi behind, check out this video via World Rhymes.


This Land is Your Land

This original favorite from folk singer Woody Guthrie makes a great song to wind down your evening—and remind the kids of the beautiful land we call home. “From the red wood forest to the gulf stream waters…”

Yes, this land was made for you and me.

Kids are often taught this song in school, so yours may be familiar with at least the first verse.

For more great campfire song ideas check out Today’s Parent or Real Family Camping.