Tuesday, 11 Dec 2018

Toys for Children. Funny Camping

“Family Survival Guide”

Mykel Hawke and Ruth England Hawke

When it comes to toys for children , there are many things that can be bought or made. I will cover toys for children more in the activities chapter as the list requires a little elaboration to see how the tool becomes a toy. A lot of things I grew up with are not standard anymore, like slingshots, dart guns, and bows and arrows, but these are absolutely great fun for kids and they are equally essential tools for survival. In some ways, parents have it easier nowadays as there are so many gadgets and programs out there to make it better for teaching and supplying our kids. However, in other ways, it’s tougher as kids have more video games, greater internet access, and a lot of more pull for their attention. Because those things provide so much short term and immediate gratification, the kids are more reluctant to break away from them for long enough periods of time to learn these skills that could save their lives. Toys for Children.

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Toys for Children

Toys for Children. Most folks delude themselves by thinking, “It’ll never happen to me.” And while that is possible, it’s ever more probable that something will happen to everyone at some point in their lives. And with more and more people on the planet, when there are disasters and more people are affected. And sometimes, that could mean more people will seek to exploit others in order to better their own desperate situations. When times get dire, people can become very mean. This is but one more thing you must gently break your kids into: the notion of facing such challenges. Nowadays, we tend to have many logistical things sorted out for us. To help make our daily lives easier, we have firefighters, paramedics, police, grocery stores, restaurants, mechanics, and tradesmen of all sorts, as well as a lot of technology. But what if you didn’t have them? Would you and your children know what to do? Toys for Children.

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Toys for Children

Toys for Children. Luckily, you can teach them. First, stage a camp out in “Fort Living Room.” Turn off all the lights, water, heating, and the like, using nothing from the house that you normally would. With these conditions, how would you make food and get water? How would you use the bathroom and deal with trash? How would you wash clothes and dishes? Just do this for twenty-four hours the first time, then a month later try it for forty-eight hours. The next step is to camp in “Fort Backyard.” Make it fun, but don’t violate the rules; use nothing from the house in terms of running water, stoves, fridge, bathroom, cooking, or the like. You fight like you train. Train to survive. Write down all the things you wanted or forgot or needed. Then add it to your plan and future packing list. The next steps are car camping, taking what you need. And then figuring out what you really need, and don’t. A simple overnight will suffice for starters. Just go out that morning, set up camp for overnight, spend the day, and go home. You’ll learn a lot and most importantly, by starting slow, you’ll be keeping it fun for the kids. Toys for Children.

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Toys for Children

Toys for Children. The next time, make it a bit longer, and make sure the kids are briefed well in advance. They have their own lives and the more you can give them time to get their heads around things, the more acceptance and the better performance you’ll get out of them. Now, while I’ve taught survival to families for years, a lifetime of expertise is not the real secret of the advanced warning concept—military leadership planning is. You want to give your “troop” as much early warning as possible for any mission. In doing so, they can do more of their own preparation at their level, with the end result being a more successful operation for everyone. The best way to ensure they “buy” into the idea is to get them involved. Ask them questions about what they think you should bring, what they think they can carry, what they want to do, and where they want to go. Of course expenses and budgets become a factor in the planning. So work within your finances but it doesn’t cost too much to get out to the woods and camp. The next step is the full camping out of your own backpack with your only mode of transport being your walking boots or shoes. Toys for Children.

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Toys for Children

Toys for Children. But don’t fret. By now you and the kids will have warmed up to the notion and gotten comfortable with the concept of living out of your pack and in the wild. This is the point when it becomes important to pack well. Only take what you really need and will really use because you are going to carry it in that life-sucking tick we call the backpack and every ounce of weight is an ounce of weight that wears you down, and when things get tough, that wear and tear comes into play and makes a difference. So, this is what it all comes down to: getting your kids to the point they can go out into the world prepared with supplies and then do what they need to do to take care of themselves and survive. The next phase is to go camping, bringing everything but trying to use as little as possible and getting as much as you can off the land without dipping into your pack. Anytime you reach in is essentially a failure. But, it’s better to fail and be safe. For example, if it rains and your lean-to shelter was not quite waterproof enough, so grab your poncho and throw it over top. That’s okay. Learn and do better next time. Ultimately keep it fun for the kids but, as the parent, know that it was a fail and that next time, you have to do better. Toys for Children.

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Toys for Children

Toys for Children. There are lots of other skills that make your kids better at survival, but they don’t all have to be tackled at once. Things like fitness through sports and other athletic actives like walks, swimming, and bike rides, all help get them ready. You can also get your kids into survival skills like fishing, hunting, foraging or gardening. Grow edible plants in your yard and let them start to learn to appreciate the earth and nature and the seasons and the cycles of life. Let them have pets, but also, expose them to traits of the animals, including animals habits. Let them learn archery, knife throwing, tomahawk throwing, or several other skills that are all good survival abilities and teach good hand-eye coordination. Some of these activities actually have clubs and competitions. Toys for Children.

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Toys for Children

Toys for Children. Use all your parental wiles to get them into activities that they enjoy and can help ensure their chances of survival should that “WCS” ever happen to them. Also, skills like first aid, communications, and navigation can be their own standalone activities. They don’t have to be on the camping trip and most likely are better off not being a part of it. They can be difficult and there is a lot to learn, so let them focus on one thing at a time. Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts are very good programs to get kids into as they teach a lot of these things. Plus, it tends to be a lot more fun for the kids when they can share their learning experiences and fun with other kids their age and with similar interests.  Toys for Children.

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Toys for Children

 

 

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