Find the North Star
Once that dark night really settles in, gather your clan and find the North Star, also called Polaris. It’s one of the easiest survival skills you can add to their knowledge bank. Every other constellation and navigation can be based on that star, because it will always lead them North due to its location above the Earth’s axis.
The North Star isn’t particularly bright, so you need to know where to look. And that, my friends, is why the first step to finding the North Star is to find the Big Dipper constellation.
Have your kids find that first. It should look like a big ladle in the sky. Four stars to make the bowl, and three to create the handle. Have them pick out the two stars at the end of the bowl. Those stars are called Merak and Dubhe.
Then have them draw a line connecting those stars from the bottom of the ladle to the top and out into the sky. When they go 5x the distance away from the ladle, they found the North Star.
Once they find it, have them face the star and stretch their arms out sideways. Their right hand will point due East and their left hand due West. Directly behind them is due South.
A fun game to play is to have your kids close their eyes, move them to a new spot, then have them point out a specific direction while you check with a compass.
We’ve even got a Waypoint for you right here: Find the North Star.