kids prepping skills

Kids prepping skills
Prepping skills to teach your kids

Kids are in a habitual state of learning, just by being kids. By nature, skill
building is in their bones and so it's easy to teach your kids prepping skills
so that in the event of an emergency they are not victims, but active
participants in their own survival.

Don't coax your kids into the world of prepping, but simply to give them
some background and provide
essential prepping skills for their survival.
As the children grow, you can build on the skills taught so they have a
fighting chance in the event you are not able to lead them through the
emergency. Skill building will give them a sense of independence and self-
reliance. Below are dozens of prepping skills and activities to teach

Prepping skills to teach your kids

Prepping Skill #1: Teach kids water survival skills.
Water is life, which is why ultimately it's important to teach kids how to
locate water, how to open a bottle of water, and how to filter water.

Water is compulsory to survival and yet an overlooked detail. The seal of
water bottles is often too tight for young children to open by themselves;
however, with the aid of a grip as leverage your child can break the seal.
Be sure to provide the whereabouts of your water filtration gear and offer
a simple demonstration to your child on water filtration.

Expressly, show your child how to add more water to the Big Berkey water
filter, how to use a Lifestraw or water purification tablets, and how to tap
the water reserves. Most importantly, provide clear instruction to kids of
water which is unsafe to drink, such as flood water or pool water which
has not been filtered. Not sure yourself about the water?

Prepping Skill #2: Teach kids to use a manual can opener.
For some kids it's a physical challenge to open a can, but it is comforting
knowing your child can do it. Explain how anything inside the can is safe to
eat without cooking (even though it might not taste as good). Kids need
to know also about can safety. For example, they must not to eat from
cans that are bulging, dented, or corroded (because of botulism risks) or
cans that otherwise compromised, such as cans in floodwaters or cans
which may have rat droppings or urine on them.

Prepping Skill #3: Teach kids to light a match.
Parents often hide the matches from their kids, Provide supervised
instruction on lighting a match into a bucket of water. Be sure to discuss
the safety and importance of tying hair and loose clothing. Most kids know
the stop, drop and roll method of extinguishing flames to clothing: quiz
your child and have him or her demonstrate knowledge!

Firebuilding is one of the most fundamental skills to teach your kids, and it
starts with lighting a match.

Prepping Skill #4 to teach kids: build a basic fire.
There are many prepping skills to teach your kids, but one of the most
fundamental skills you can teach a kid is to start a fire (and to put one
out). Kids will want to dump water on the fire, but they should sprinkle it

Schools often do a good job of holding fire drills to teach kids about fire
safety, but they don't teach kids how to build a fire. That's the job of a
prepper! As your child's guardian and as a prepper, you must instill a
healthy respect of fire. This understanding will teach your child more about
fire safety than his peers may know.Here's how to build a healthy respect
for fire...

It doesn't matter the
firebuilding method you choose as long as you
provide a lesson on firebuilding. Discuss the importance of a fire ring for
containment and the proper tools such as having a bucket of water on
hand. Physically show your child tinder (fluffy stuff they can touch with
their fingertips), Kindling (bits of twigs they can bunch in one hand), and
Fuel (logs they can carry under the arm).  

Prepping Skill #5 to teach kids: how to stay warm.
You may not be ready to teach your child how to operate the cook stove,
but does your child know how to run the generator? Older and highly
responsible children may graduate to lessons on how to safely slit wood
with an axe to help fuel the fire.

Prepping Skill #6: to teach kids: how to handle a knife.
Teach kids how to use a knife safely to cut food (so they don't cut off
their fingers). Give your child a scouting pocket knife and teach him or her
how to whittle.

Prepping Skill #7: Teach kids: bartering.
Have your child make do with available resources and learn the art of
bartering. Bartering is not only a  prepper skill, but a

  • Watch the video "One Red PaperClip" which provides all the
    inspiration you need. When you watch the video you will understand
    how one young man took one red paperclip and traded up until he
    was able to get himself a house. It's an amazing story and worth
    sharing with everyone you meet. Many famous people have said it,
    including Tennis Player Arthur Ashe,

Prepping Skill #8. Riding a horse.
Your budding little equestrian may have learned a thing or two at horse
camp which would help an end of times EMP scenario. Perhaps your child
may someday need to ride to the closest town get medical help.

Prepping Skill #9 to teach kids: Basic navigation.
Provide your child with basic navigational information about key landmarks
in your area along with a general idea of North, South, East and West. If
your child attends a public school, officials will likely not release your child
to walk home alone following a disaster; however it's a good idea to have a
contingency plan. Does your child know the route home to safety? Take a
family hike and walk or bike home from school. After completion, graduate
to a night walk! In the event of a catastrophe, does your child know the
route and alternate routes to a family meeting place in the event your
home no longer exists?

Prepping Skill #10 to teach kids: Self defense.
Martial arts is very suited for children, and it helps build self-confidence as
well if you are not ready to teach the kids about firearms.

Prepping Skill #11 to teach kids: Security.
Firearms training for kids might not be right for every family, but you can
certainly teach your child to target as with archery, sling shots or a home
made bow and arrow. Other options might be paint ball or BB-guns. These
skills will also be useful for hunting.

Prepping Skill 12 to teach kids: Hunting, fishing, archery.
Teach kids how to use fishing poles and equipment, plus sling shots, BB
guns, archery for small game hunting.

Prepping Skill #13 to teach kids: Simple first aid.
Scouting handbooks provide basics for young children. Red Cross also
offers many classes. As well, you can teach the basics of cleaning a wound
and apply the proper dressings and bandages. You can also practice
making an arm sling from a large sheet (
tying and arm sling is more
difficult than it appears.)

Prepping Skill #14 to teach kids: Going incognito!
Keeping quiet is an important prepper skill. Teach your children all the safe
spots to hide on your homestead. American Sign Language is fun to learn
and may prove extremely useful if gangs threaten the homestead as a
family could instruct one another silently to plan an attack or escape.

Prepping Skill #15 to teach kids: Communications.
Give the kids a two-wave radio and show them how to operate and load
the batteries. Teach your children some family safe words or learn
American Sign Language as a family to be able to communicate silently.

Prepping Skill #16 to teach kids: Crafting with Paracord.
You'll find a variety of paracord kits available to help kids get into crafting
with paracord, such things as survival bracelets, belts, and lanyards. Boys
and girls will appreciate the skill and you'll feel good knowing they have a
good way of spending their time. Learn more about
paracord as a hobby.

Prepping Skill #17 to teach kids: How to use a bandanna.
Every scout has a bandanna or two and with good reason.

Prepping Skill #18 to teach kids: Saving money.
Make a mason jar coin banks and teach the value of a penny saved is a
penny earned. Kids will enjoy it if you glue a small plastic figure on the
inside of the jar. As coins fill the jar, the figure disappears. The slitted
mason jar cap, pictured immediate right, gives you a head start.

Prepping Skill #19 to teach kids: Forage for food.
Take a walk in the neighborhood with the kids to find food in the wild or
planted by man. Perhaps you'll spy onions, pomegranates, apricots,
oranges within reach in neighboring gardens. Knowing how to recognize
food is a skill. You may like to teach the kids that good times we pick with
permission, in starvation times we do what we can to survive.

Prepping Skill #20 to teach kids: Sewing, knitting and crocheting.
All are valuable skills to fix things and make new ones. Extremely gifted
children enjoy these skills in particular as it is enriching beyond textbook

Prepping Skill #21 to teach kids: Camping.
Take the kids camping, or set up a backyard camping adventure. Teach
kids how to pitch a tent, wash the dishes, tend to the fire, and cook

Prepping Skill #22 to teach kids: Gardening.
Kids love getting dirty and what better way than to teach gardening. Small
farm gardening, windowsill or greenhouse gardening, or

  • Radishes are extremely easy to grow and they can appear as quickly
    as 18-21 days. Try growing radishes with kids.

  • Sprouts also have a short window for growth, which make them an
    excellent project with kids.

Prepping Skill #23: Solar Cooking.
Teach kids the science of cooking with the sun using the solar cooker
science kit right. Have fun cooking a hot dog from cardboard after
constructing the simple and fun to use kit for kids. Adults will have just as
much fun. Try solar cooking with the scouts or as part of a homeschooling

Prepping Skill #24: Construction.
Does your child know how to safely hit a nail with a hammer? Teach your
children how to safely use all the equipment in your garage.

Prepping Skill #25: Safety awareness.

  • Alarms: Make sure your child knows the difference between a smoke
    alarm and the burglary alarm.

  • Drills: Your kids may hold regular fire drills, earthquake drills,
    tornado drills or hurricane drills at school, but do they know the
    routine at home? In case you have a sitter or guests in the home,
    they can help show the way to safety. Regular drills are part of
    everyday preparedness. As a prepper, your child should also know to
    grab sturdy shoes along with his or her bugout bag.

  • Situational awareness. Teach kids to look around and ask them
    what they see on outings.  Is that a safe and friendly dog? Look at
    the tail. If it's wagging, you can get a good feeling that the dog is
    friendly. Is the dog stiff with ears up? Teeth flaring? Talk about
    situations with your kids, including the kinds of animals and people
    to trust and not trust.

You are your child's best teacher! To begin prepping with your kids, tell
them why you prep. Ensuring your child would have enough to eat may
have been the original inspiration for you when you started your prepping
quest, but as the economy or other global crisis ensues, your prepping
plans may have changed. Whatever your personal motivation, it's
important to start by sharing. Show them you care because you prepare!

Happy endings...
Get started prepping with kids today. Whether you home school your
children or grandchildren, or whether you have a younger sibling, cousin,
niece or nephew who would benefit from learning
prepping skills from you,
now is the time to start. If you are a scout leader, then you can ensure
the kids in your troop have survival skills and can help them teach their
families survive.
Prepping with kids is fun and rewarding.

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