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At 5 and 6 they are ready to be shown some of the things involved in handling the boat during passages.. while they don't have the strength required they can be allowed to "help" trimming sails, sit on your lap and "steer". They can be given the job of keeping a lookout (for whatever). While their attention span may not be really long, it's a diversion and it will get them thinking about sailing. If you get them involved and interested early they may sail for the rest of their lives.

Highly recommend that you encourage reading as well.. or even at this stage amusing themselves with whatever books work. They won't be 5 or 6 for long and if they enjoy whiling away a few hours with a good book your life will be easier (and theirs better) on many levels!
 

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when all those good recommendations fail, crazy gluing a couple of fingers together will occupy them for hours.
Especially if you glue two kids together :eek: ;)
 

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On the subject of great kids' books, another guaranteed winner (but possibly hard to find) is the Enid Blyton's Adventure series.. Eight books, I think, of the same bunch of kids being raised by a single mom and a mysterious "secret agent" some-time companion..and getting into all sorts of adventures and misadventures.

Appropriate to read to 6-8 year olds, and for them to read themselves after that!

The Adventure Series - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
 

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.........Involving kids in sailing at their level is such a great relationship deepening, skill, confidence and interest in their environment away from the electronic distractions, is priceless.
Amen to that!!:)
 
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