The other day I decided it would be good to spend some time outside with my kids and teach them a little about survival. I thought they should learn how to build a fire and know a basic set up to cook, just in case they ever manage to get themselves lost. You know how kids are…
My oldest girl seemed fairly interested until she singed some hair. My little boy only wanted to poke sticks in the fire and light the backyard on fire and my other daughter managed to pay attention for about 2 1/2 seconds before she wandered off to chase mosquitos. Needless to say, my super awesome survival training didn’t turn out as well as I was hoping for.
But – The good news is that my son didn’t manage to burn the house down over the next couple weeks, inspite of finding matches and using them a number of times. Also, my kids now have an idea of how to start a fire in the wild, where to get tinder, small sticks, build a lean-to fire and use matches or flint and steel to light it.
With our emphasis on helping kids stay active outdoors and healthy we feel a little preparedness is a good idea. It’s never to late to start and knowledge is power. If you have any ideas you’d like to share with us about teaching kids outdoor survival tips feel free to contact us. And if you don’t have a kids tree swing in your backyard take a look at our great selection.