Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Lighting of a Fire

A few weeks ago, after a some big rains, the children were busily collecting fallen branches and making a pile. The bigger boys were sure that they could rub sticks or rocks together and start a fire. After a couple days of no luck, they saw Poppaw John out mowing and told him of their problem.

Quick as a wink he came over with a little tin box. I knew that box well. He instructed the children to gather some dry leaves and small twigs, and set to work.

After a few moments with the flint and steel, there sparks and great squeals of excitement.

A few puffs of air and some dry grass, and there it was. Small, but sure. Fire!
Just call him Prometheus. He is a Titan in their eyes.

Each of the children took a turn and most of them got some sparks.

Bunny had just as much luck, if not more, than the bigger boys. She was thrilled.

Squirrely even got into the action. Giggling after every stroke.

Some of the children drifted away. Others stayed, perfecting the technique.
They were all excited to tell Nana about their adventures.

"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."

Each week I join several linky parties! What a fun way to share and learn!
Craft & Activity ShareMonday Sharing Day on FacebookThoughtful Spot, Natural Living MondayMontessori MondayHomemade MondaysMama Moments Monday {Link Up}The Gathering SpotLittle Wonders' DaysMom's Monday MingleMommy Moments, Frugal, Crafty HomeHip Homeschool HopMom's LibraryTuesday TotsKeep Calm Craft On {crafting on}, Tuned in TuesdayTeach Me TuesdayBackyard Farming Connection HopTuned in TuesdayTuesday TutorialsLife Created Tuesdays, Kids in the Kitchen,  It's PlaytimeWe Made That LinkyWhat I Learned WednesdayKids Co-OpArtsy Play WednesdayHealthy 2Day Wednesday, Wildcrafting WednesdayAdorned From Above Frugal Days, Sustainable WaysKids CraftsLink and Learnneedle and thREADMade U LookTender Moments with Toddlers and PreschoolersNatural Living Link-UpSmall Footprint FridayOur Days Homeschool Link-Up, For the Kids FridayFarmGirl Friday Blog HopKitchen Fun and Crafty FridayRead. Explore. Learn.Creative Learning on FridayPreschool and Kindergarten Corner,The Friday Baby ShowerTGIF Linky PartyFamily Fun FridayCreative FridayFriday Flair Link PartyShine on FridaysFriday FavsOutdoor Play PartyDo Something CraftyWeekend WhateverSaturday Show and TellTot School Gathering Place, Sharing SaturdayShare It SaturdayCountry KidsLink and LearnShow and Share SaturdayStress Free SundaySunday Parenting PointersThe Sunday ShowcaseThe Sunday Parenting PartyThe Homesteaders' Blog Hop, Making Boys MenMade with LoveRaising Memories

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