Teaching your children about survival doesn’t have to be grueling and unpleasant. In fact, it can be a lot of fun! In our family, we make survival training fun by encouraging our children to take up new hobbies that double as survival skills. Here are five fun hobbies that your kids might enjoy that will also equip them with some vital skills for survival and bartering if you were ever in a disaster situation.
Planting a garden is both fun and educational. Spend some time at the library, gathering books about gardening and then let your child maintain his or her own garden this year. My kids help us with the big garden, but my daughter is also so interested in this particular aspect of prepping that she wanted to plant a garden of her own. So we provided the seeds and she did all the work for her garden.
As a result, she had a great bounty of green beans, cucumbers, and tomatoes to share with our friends and family this year. Now I know that if she ever had to grow her own food, she could easily do it with the seeds we have stored. She thinks tending her summer garden is a way to pass the time, but it could eventually be a skill that could be life sustaining for her.
If you live near the water, fishing is a fun hobby that your kids might enjoy. To help them get the most from their fishing adventures, enroll the kids in a class or enlist a local expert to help them learn the ropes. If you live near the ocean, you can probably find fishing tournaments where your children can compete throughout the year and win cash prizes or trophies for their catches. This has become a fun sport that my whole family enjoys and it doubles as a way for us to put food on the table! Kids of all ages can enjoy fishing and as they grow older, you can even teach them the proper ways to clean their catch.
Self-defense is a major survival skill that every child should know. That is why a lot of prepper families that I know enroll their kids in some form of martial arts, at least for a few months. If your child enjoys the basic class, it could be a hobby they could continue. Not only is martial arts a great character-building activity, but it also teaches them the proper ways to defend themselves against an attacker using only their own body. For me, this is one of the most vital skills that I can give my kids!
Sewing, Crocheting, or Knitting
Sewing is a skill that almost all women were taught 100 years ago, but today’s girls know very little about it. In fact, I never even learned to sew a button on a shirt until I was married with children of my own! When I started prepping, I quickly realized that sewing was a survival skill that my kids would enjoy learning so we made needlework part of our home education time. Both my boys and girls are learning to sew on buttons and zippers and they can hem a pair of pants with ease.
Crocheting and knitting are also great hobbies that double as survival skills. By learning the most basic stitches, children can make blankets, socks, scarves, gloves, and dozens of other items that would be helpful in a self-sufficiency situation.
Learning to use a bow and arrow is not just a trendy thing among preteen boys in the south. It’s also a great survival skill! By learning archery, you are also learning how to protect your family and hunt for food. There are a number of reasons that this sport is useful for survival! Both boys and girls will enjoy archery, but make sure they get the proper education and supervision, as it can be dangerous.
These are just five hobbies that double as great survival skills, but there are many others to choose from. Encourage your kids to find hobbies that do not involve technology. Invest the time and money to teach your kids skills they need to be self sufficient and it could pay off in big ways in the future.