Fire starters have a role to play in scaffolding skills to those learning and also providing quick fire in those difficult and dire circumstances when practice, patience, persistence and prayer have not provided. In Issue #22 of Self Reliance Illustrated you can read my full article about making and using these common material fire-starters.
The materials pictured were covered with melted down crayon wax from a bucket full of left over crayon bits shared with me from an elementary school art teacher.
This is a great project with scouts and campers and teaches them to do more with less. There is no need to buy expensive fire starters when you can have fun making your own with each to find materials at home.