Another great video from German fire educator Kain Karawahn that might shock American parents: pre-school kids making bonfires.
What I love about this video is that the kids are not only lighting fires — they are cutting wood, preparing food, and cooking it on the fires they made and tend together. These kids are ages four to six. It really challenges our notions of what children can do:
Read more about this different approach to teaching fire in this Psychology Today post or this New York Times article. And of course, you can read more about how Germans raise self-reliant kids check out my book Achtung Baby!