A while ago on another forum we had a thread on hiking with kids. There are lots of ways to keep kids entertained by showing them new stuff, but I'm interested in various ways you guys use to trick your kids while hiking. Like snipe-hunting and stuff. Here's what I posted on that thread:
Another one - I was a survival instructor for a while, and one of the big issues we had to overcome was food aversion. Almost any living thing can sustain you if you can convince yourself to eat it. So I had some critters stuffed into a bag and I made them all line up with their eyes closed and mouths open, and told them to crunch down fast before it jumped out. I made a big show of carefully opening the bag and everything. So I threw it in (one at a time), they crunched, and you should have seen the faces! Pure disgust! One of them even spit it out, and one almost gagged at the crunch. Then they realized I gave them M&Ms, and saw that food aversion is all in the head.I "found" a pile of poop next to Amicalola Creek while they were playing in it. I called them over and explained how the animals come to drink, how you can find water by following game trails, etc. Then I asked what kind of poop they thought it was. Deer, rabbit...just guesses. So I said that you can tell what an animal has been eating by how the poop smells and tastes, then I picked up a piece and ate it...confirming that it was deer poop. My 8yr old screamed and ran away! Then I gave him his own pack of Raisinettes and he knew I just tricked him. The scary thing? My 4yr old actually tasted it before I showed him it was candy. Now THAT'S trust! If you know of other tricks, maybe we should start a new thread about how to trick kids in the woods.
So what do you guys do? Any funny tricks like that to keep the kids (or scouts) on their toes?