Knives, hatchets, saws they used them all yesterday. They sawed willow branches down, carved sticks to cook with and made all this alone. I'm constantly amazed at what kids can come up with if you don't hover over them and freak out for getting dirty or heaven forbid use a knife! They named their tribes, slapped mud as war paint on their face and had a blast! This morning they grabbed a cast iron pan, some bacon, and collected a few eggs from the hen house for breakfast on their wood stove! They are learning and I'm not teaching.
This is also why I unplug all the devices for the summer. Kick them outside, let them be bored! I'm sorry but 1st and 2nd graders should not be talking about hot girls, being mean to each other, or killing someone on a video game. This is what they should be doing! And they won't unless you unplug it and take it away from them. You're the parent not their best friend. Let them be little because adulthood comes way to fast. And if you're a mom to boys I highly recommend the book, Wild at Heart! (off soapbox now ;) )