As anyone who has heard a young child say something they should not or repeat something you did not want repeated, this is because kids are sponges.
Teaching them the basics of survival can only help them in the long run!
Grow vegetables from seeds. This isn’t the easiest skill to master and you’ll need expert advice.
Make a fire and know fire safety
Cook on an open fire
Open a can of food with and without can opener (rub can lid ridge on cement and then pry open with knife)
Be able to tell if food is too spoiled to eat
How to safely use a knife
How to shoot a sling shot
How to hunt small game with snares, traps and sling shot
How to fish and hunt, using a bow and gun when old enough
How to clean fish and wild game
Find water and identify if it’s safe to drink
Filter and boil water to drink
Basic first aid
Basic hygiene practices
Find or build a shelter in the wilderness
How to stay warm, cool, and dry in the elements
How, why and when to stay hidden
How to make a basic weapon and how to use it
How to read a map and use a compass
How to read the sky for directions, time and approaching bad weather
Know where family and friends live if they need to find them
How to barter and trade (Kids naturally do this with their toys so teach them at garage sales.)
It is never too early to teach your kids stuff they need to become functional human beings and adults; in fact, kids are so full of wonder that when they are young is a great time to teach them what they need to thrive in a survival situation.
You obviously want to make sure what you teach them is age appropriate and with some stuff enforce the need for adult supervision, but the more they know now, the less they will have to learn on the fly if they ever are faced with a survival situation.
To learn more about survival skills you can teach your kids, check out Survival Mom.