I have 3 kids, and the oldest is 10 years old (almost 11), and is really showing an interest in learning how to "do stuff". I'm kicking around an idea, and I need your help. I'd like to come up with a list of 26 skills to teach him over the next year. I want to be very intentional about it and plan it out, because if I don't, I'll get busy with life and next thing I know he'll be 18 :-(
So I'd like to start out with 26 outdoor skills (26 allows 2 weeks for each skill). Obviously I need to teach him how to balance a checkbook, change a tire, etc etc, but for this, I want to focus on outdoor/primitive skills.
For example, last week I taught him how to make a fire with matches. Not rocket science, but he didn't know how....and now he does.
Some other ideas I came up with are:
- building a knife, I have ordered a kit from knifekits.com, so we'll be working on this next
- starting a fire, various methods (flint/steel, etc)
- knife sharpening
- navigation with map/compass
- building snares, trapping,etc
- hunting/fishing (we already do a lot of this, but do more/different things)
I don't expect him to become an expert on each thing in 2 weeks. I just want to introduce him to all these different things and see where his interest takes us.
So I need your help building out this list. Or maybe theres a book or website that covers this type of thing? Any and all ideas appreciated.