Everyone benefits from being in the outdoors, and bushcraft helps us understand nature more and connect to it better. Bushcraft for children is a way to teach them what nature can provide for them, and they bond with nature. They learn life skills through bushcraft, have a lot of fun, and it is also a way for families to spend some quality outdoor time together, preferably getting muddy in the process!
Bushcraft For Children: Activity Ideas
Bushcraft for children can incorporate lots of different activities, but I am going to focus of 6 suggestions:
- Tracking: This bushcraft for children activity teaches them about living things in their local area, as well as then learning about those creatures. You can follow footprints, tufts of fur, feathers, or any other type of clue such as noises. Make sure you use all your senses.
- Foraging: Foraging helps teach children what grows in which seasons, what nature can provide for us in the way of food and nourishment, and what is safe to eat. Make sure you have a resource available to identify what you have picked before you eat it and make sure it is safe to do so! Then go and harvest on your door step.
- Building Shelters: Building a den challenges the little person both mentally and physically. They are using their imagination and creative thinking to come up with a place that will stay standing, and provide a little bit of shelter. You could head into the woods and build a den to have a picnic in and maybe a story too.
- Campfires: When thinking about bushcraft for children, the image most people would conjure up is them enjoying sitting around a campfire. Children can learn a lot from having campfires. All the science behind fire, the safety rules, and also how to cook on it. Above all it is a cosy experience and often one that is a firm outdoor favourite. Check out some of our easy and delicious campfire recipes.
- KellyKettle: This is a lovely piece of outdoor kit that can help children foster a sense of outdoor independence. It is very easy to use and teaches them to make and look after fire on a smaller scale. It also teaches them a method of making hot water for whatever purpose it is required.
- Navigation Skills: There is a lot of technology around to help us navigate these days, but returning back to basics without technology is a vital skill for young people to learn. There are a few methods to use to navigate, but I suggest starting out with the compass and learning the basics and then adding some map skills in with it. There are a lot of fun games you can do learning to use compasses and maps.
You are never to young to do bushcraft on some level, and have fun starting to learn some bushcraft skills. We have a responsibility to our children to help them connect with nature, learn about it, and ultimately want to protect it for the future. Bushcraft for children is one way of doing this.