It’s easy to teach kids how to be prepared, we just need to think a bit differently when it comes to teaching kids about preparedness.
Kids don’t know anything until they’re taught. We need to be patient, understanding and make it fun!
Kids are incredibly smart and catch on very quickly. We need to make sure that we’re teaching them proper safety precautions and instilling those safety reminders often, as kids can get carried away sometimes, especially when they get excited.
There are so many ways to teach kids about preparedness without ever calling it ‘preparedness’ or making it seem like they’re being taught something. Little activities done on a regular basis will teach basic skills and knowledge to lay a foundation which will carry on throughout their lives, especially as you teach them more advanced skills.
Give them a chance to learn and they will surprise you. Many ‘preparedness’ skills, knowledge and activities, are simply teaching kids about life and self-sufficiency which will make them a well-rounded individual.
Here are 15 ways that we can teach our kids to be prepared:
Situational awareness – it’s easy, each time you go out into public, ask them to describe what someone is wearing. Or ask them to count the blue cars that they pass on the way inside. Or ask them to spot something very specific. This is engaging their situational awareness. Kids are amazingly aware of their surroundings, even when it seems like they aren’t. Engage that awareness by giving them a task. Make it a fun game and they’ll be all over it. “Whoever spots 5 green cars first, wins!”
Build a fire – let kids be involved in the fire making process. I’ve had my 3 year old involved in the fire making process since she was 18 months old. Whether that was through collecting small sticks to “helping” me cut the wood, to actually throwing the sticks in and even creating the fire and putting the fire starter in. It’s all a process and one that involves them and educates them about how to make a fire.
Continue reading, 15 Ways To Teach Kids About Preparedness from Rogue Preparedness here.
Morgan lives in Texas with her husband, daughters and 2 dogs. She spends most of her time getting outdoors with her daughters, prepping for emergencies and disasters and teaching others how to be prepared. She also enjoys archery, hunting, fishing, firearms, hiking, camping, HAM, Jeeps and generally getting out and exploring life through epic adventures!
View all posts by Morgan Rogue →