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3 Easy Survival Skills to Teach Your Kids

Learning survival skills is important for all ages. But teaching kids requires a different approach. Discover what skills you should teach kids in this article.

Survival skills are not just for grownups; they are for people of all ages. 

Learning how to survive in the wild demands a different approach for adults than it does for children.

Continue reading to learn about the things that are important for children to know and some easy skills that they can use in emergency situations.

Survival Skills for Kids Vlog

Fire Building

Knowing how to build a fire is a valuable survival skill no matter what your age.

A fire provides warmth and security. It is also good for signaling for help, cooking food, and purifying water. 

But how do you make one?

Always remember to start small. 

Gather some sticks in preparation and then begin with lighting tinder. Gradually build it up with leaves and twigs, then smaller sticks, and finally larger pieces of wood. 

To light the tinder, teach your children how to use a magnesium fire starter

Shelter Making

You MUST build a shelter if you don’t want to freeze to death!

A fire can be valuable as it provides warmth, but it can also be dangerous when it goes out of hand, which is more likely to happen with children as they are not as knowledgeable of fire safety precautions.

A shelter, on the other hand, can be built without having to worry about starting a forest fire. 

Even children can make a simple lean-to with sticks and then cover it with mud and leaves for extra protection.


Another important lesson you can teach kids is how to purify water.

Teaching kids where to find fresh water and how to make a basic water filter is a good starting point. 

One of the simplest methods to purify water is to boil it, but there are other methods that you can teach your kids, such as the SODIS method.


There are other important survival techniques that you can teach your children is how to signal for help, which we covered previously.

Once your kids are competent with the above basics, you can move on to more advanced skills.

Check out 'Evasive Wilderness Survival Techniques' to discover more about what you can do if you find yourself in an emergency situation or become lost in the wilderness.

Train safe!

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Article by Sam Fury

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Sam Fury is the creator and owner of the Survival Fitness Plan.

He has had a passion for martial arts and outdoor pursuits since he was a young boy growing up in Australia.

As a young adult he joined the military and studied outdoor leadership in college. After that, to further his skills, Sam started traveling to learn from the best in the world in various fields related to the Survival Fitness Plan including various martial arts in China, SE Asia and Brazil, Parkour in Singapore, Surf Life Saving in Australia, and others. 

These days, he still enjoys learning new things, traveling and sharing what he has learned via the Survival Fitness Plan. 

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