Generally speaking, children and knives are not a good mixture. If, however, you are introducing your family to bushcraft then sooner or later your children will need to understand how to handle a knife. The ability to handle a knife is, after all, a key part of bushcraft.

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Supervising children with a knife 

At Wildway Bushcraft, we strongly encourage children to get involved with bushcraft. We believe that it strengthens their bond with the natural world, but also teaches them respect, understanding and has mental health benefits. That is one of the reasons why we run a Family Bushcraft course and work with schools.

Sooner or later, children on their bushcraft journey will need to learn how to use a knife. Read on to find out our top tips for teaching children how to use one safely.

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Explain the importance of safety 

The key to supervising children using a knife in bushcraft, is that they should be old enough to understand the seriousness of what they are doing.  Safety should begin with sitting down with the child/children in question and explaining to them what they are about to do. This is not only important before supervising them, but will also (hopefully) prevent them from messing about with the tools after you have finished supervising them.

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Run through basic first aid

Explain to children, before they begin using a knife, some elements of basic first aid. Ensure that they have their own first aid kit and know what to do should they cut themselves. If they do not already know how to do so, then now would also be a good time to teach them how to call for an ambulance.

 

Give clear instructions

It is vitally important that when teaching knife safety to children,  you give them clear instructions. Tell them calmly and in as plain English as possible exactly what you want them to do. Be clear and precise when it comes to instructions such as being very aware of their hands, never cutting towards themselves, to never point a knife at anyone or to ever throw a knife.

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Be a great example

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Choose the right knife

When it comes to knife safety for children, the selection of the knife is also very important. The handle of the knife should fit comfortably in their palm. Likewise, the blade should be no longer than the width of their palm. The knife should be well made and therefore unlikely to break. It is best to go for a simple fixed blade knife with a sheath for storage, Mora knives have a range of inexpensive tools that fit this description.

 

Take a course with a bushcraft instructor

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The best way, of course, to teach knife safety to children is to take a course with a bushcraft instructor. That way, you and your child can learn together, ask questions in a safe space and have a shared experience where you learn a large variety of bushcraft skills. 

 

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