Today was a good day. It’s a spring day in mid-April and early this afternoon I had my kids in the woods for a few hours. My little girl is 2 1/2 and my boy will be 5 next month. I’ve been promising to show my son how to make a bow drill and today was the day we decided to head out to the tent and see it through.
My daughter, being the plucky soul she is, decided to come along. As things happen when two little ones go along any sense of having a plan went straight out the window. We got to the camp and they both decided they were hungry, so we started a fire, got out the noodles, and made some soup. I showed them how to strain water through a bandana and then boil it to make it safe to drink. They played with sticks and water and whatever was on hand while I prepared the noodles.
I have friends who’s kids have never even seen a fire and don’t know how to act around it. My kids know how to roast marshmallows and hotdogs and treat it with the respect it deserves. I still keep a close eye on them around it of course, as my little girl is fearful clumsy at this point, but they both know not to get too close and know that it can burn.
My son has his own kit. A camo backpack my wife picked up somewhere, a canteen and canteen cup, plastic spork, compass and whistle set, a small multi-tool that we spent some time with today showing him how to use it properly. I also put some
Ramen noodles and other snacks in there as well. Now when we go out in the woods he knows to grab his own pack and it’s really nice that he has his own water and cup.
Later on this afternoon I went down and picked my daughter up a small canteen cup and a small water bottle for her Dora Backpack. She was thrilled! It’s awesome to see them both having such a good time in the woods!
I hope if you have kids that you’re getting them outside and showing them stuff like this. Sometimes mine don’t want to go out at first, but once they’re there they usually don’t want to come in.
The funny thing is we never did get around to building that fire bow drill set. Guess we’ll just have to build it the next time we get out there.
Sound off below!
I realize you probably do get your kids outside, so what is it they like to do?