This first one should appeal to the athletic types. How about playing paintball? I’ll be honest. I’ve never done this myself, but from what I hear from those who have, this sport kicks your survival instincts and skills into gear. You learn how to run through the brush and do things like hide and set traps. It sounds like fun your kids would really enjoy.
Here’s one for both bookworms and nature lovers. Spend half of the day in the library and the second half at a local park. Why? Because when you go to the library, you’ll pick up books on edible and medicinal plants as well as local wildlife. Then try to identify any of these plants and animals you can find at your local park or conservation area.
Camp outside in the back yard. It’s free and it’s a fun activity for the kids. This is good practice for when you go camping at a state park or other camp site. Make a list of things you might need, since you can’t run back inside your house when you’re at a camp site.
This next idea goes along with that backyard camping or the trip to the park. Enjoy some sort of physical activity together. Go for a long walk or ride bicycles. Kick a soccer ball around or play basketball.
You get the idea. Not only are these activities good exercise, but they’re a good way to spend time and burn off some energy.
Think survival because one day we may be in a situation where there are no computers or electronic games to keep the kids occupied. Besides, we all may have to know how to ride a bike someday just to get around.
Let me know what you think of these ideas, and feel free to suggest one or two of your own. Tell me what you and your family have done.
I’ll share more tips on prepping with your family next week.
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