Survival is not just for adults. It’s important that kids learn survival skills at an early age as well because you know you can’t keep an eye on them 24/7.
But what type of survival skills do you teach your children?
They probably don’t need to know how to craft a bow and arrow from a blade of grass to take down a raccoon but there are some essential skills that you can teach them.
In this post, you’re going to learn some of the essential survival skills that you should teach your children.
Survial Skills for Kids
Again, these skills aren’t anything crazy and they are just as important for kids as they are for you so don’t think you can’t get something out of these as well.
One of the worst things that you can do when you get lost is panic. When you panic you start to lose your senses and you end up in even worse trouble than you began.
This can, of course, be magnified with kids so it’s important they understand S.T.O.P.
Stop as soon as they realize they’re lost.
Think about the situation.
Observe their surroundings.
Plan what to do.
2. How to Grow Food
You might be thinking that your kid doesn’t need to start a farm but understanding the circle of life is an important part of any children’s education.
You can start off by simply growing herbs in the kitchen or even using some cuttings from onions to show them the basics of water and sunlight.
Even better if you have the room and time to start a garden of your own to grow vegetables along with them.
3. How to Preserve Food
We live in a world where we waste a lot of food simply because we don’t know how to preserve it.
Understanding how to grow food is great, but if you can’t make it last for a long period of time then you’re still going to find yourself in some trouble.
Understanding how to preserve foods without electricity can go a long way in not only survival, but understanding how to save money which can be just as important.
You can teach them how to preserve food by dehydrating it in the sun, canning by fire, smoking, salt curing or any number of other useful methods.
4.How to Identify Spoiled Food
When you’re trying to survive you want to make sure that you are putting things in your body that your body can handle. Nobody wants diarrhea in the wilderness, especially when it can lead to death.
It’s important that your child understand the signs of food that has gone bad. Plucking off pieces of mold shouldn’t make that chicken leg acceptable.
5. How to Forage and Identify Locally Edible and Medicinal Plants
This one can be a little challenging because we all live in different environments with varying plant matter but understanding what plants can be consumed or used for medicinal purposes can go a long way in any survival scenario.
There are ways that you can teach your child to identify plants in your region.
6. How to Hunt and Fish
Learning how to catch your own meal is one of the hallmarks of survival. Hunting for the purpose of survival shouldn’t make anyone squeamish and that’s why it can be important that you teach your children how to hunt with a set of tools. This can be a gun, bow, spear, or setting traps.
Learning how to fish is also a great skill to have even if you don’t live near a body of water.
7. How to Safely Use a Knife
One of the most important tools that you can carry around with you in any survival situation is a knife.
Understanding how to safely use a knife can be the difference between surviving and making yourself bleed to death.
Unfortunately, many of us spend most of our child’s lives teaching them that sharp objects are things they should stay away from. Teach your child that knives are tools that, when used properly, can help them.
Knife safety is of the utmost importance because while you don’t want your kids to randomly grab knives, you don’t want to feel secure knowing that they know how to use them.
Here is a great video showcasing knife skills:
8. How to Clean and Sharpen a Blade
A dull knife can almost be considered a useless knife. Understanding how to keep a knife sharp is a valuable survival skill. Your children should also understand how to keep a blade clean.
9. How to Clean and Prepare Fish and Wild Game
There is no point in learning how to hunt or fish if you can’t prepare what you catch. It’s important that your children understand how to humanely harvest the animals that they catch so that the animals don’t suffer and nothing goes to waste.
10. How to Start a Fire
There are a number of ways to start a fire. I’m always fascinated watching survival shows that showcase the many different resources one can use to start a fire.
Of course, the easiest is to have a source for a flame but sometimes that isn’t always an option and in those cases it would be great if your child understood the different tools they can use to get a fire going.
11. How to Find Water and Make It Safe for Drinking
You can’t survive without water.
Forget food. If you run out of water before you do food then there is nothing that is going to keep you alive. For this reason, your children should understand how to find water and make it safe for drinking because again, you don’t want them to end up curled into a ball on the ground.
Using something as simple as a lifestraw that is found in their bag can be the difference between life and death.
12. Make or Find Shelter
Shelter isn’t just something meant to keep you comfortable, it can be the difference between life or death. Keeping out the elements should be high priority for you.
This is why it’s important that children understand how to utilize their natural surroundings to their benefit.
You can teach them how to use sticks to make a lean-to or use tree branches for temporary shelter from rain.
Learning how to check for wildlife in a small cave or alcove is also important.
13. Basic First Aid
Let’s get one thing straight: everyone should know basic first aid.
It’s amazing how often you hear a story of a child saving their parent because they understand first aid.
14. How to Determine Direction
Unfortunately, you can’t keep a phone charged forever without electricity so it’s important that your child understand how to tell which direction they are headed in.
15. How to Signal
While your child might get lucky and randomly run into help, it’s always good for them to understand how to signal for help to give themselves the best shot at success.
16. Self Defense
They don’t need to know how to be a black belt but they should understand how to protect themselves when in danger.
17. How to Stay Positive
This might be the most important skill of all. Once you start being negative and feeling like there is no chance of survival then you might as well call it quits.
Helping your child understand that staying positive can be the difference between surviving one more day while help comes and giving up and just missing out.
Skills for Everybody
As you can see these really are skills for everybody to use but the sooner you’re able to teach your children these skills the better off they will be and the more comfortable you will be when you can’t keep an eye on them.
Don’t forget, it’s important that they also have a bug out bag ready for them in case of emergency.