Prepper Book Festival 10: Playful Preparedness and Survival Mindset

Gaye Levy Gaye Levy  |  Updated: November 24, 2020
Prepper Book Festival 10: Playful Preparedness and Survival Mindset

A couple of months ago when Tim Young approached me about his book Playful Preparedness: Prepare Your Children-For Life, I withheld judgment because historically, Backdoor Survival readers did not seem to be interested in children’s books.  I did want to keep and open mind however and when my review copy of the book arrived, I knew we had a major score on our hands.

So what is this book about?  It is a well written handbook of 26 fun and engaging games to be played with your children.  The reality, however, is that in my opinion these games can also be played with other adults.  With names such as “I-Spy”, “Picnic Attack” and “Lost In Space”, who can resist?

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Each game is designed to teach preparedness skills, situational awareness, and survival mindset.  The “Picnic Attack” game, as an example, is a spur of the moment picnic designed to simulate an evacuation. It requires a bug out bag, a picnic spot, and some survival food. During the course of the game, you will leave home, go to the designated spot, eat the food.  During the process, you go through the items in the B.O.B. and either use them, test them, or discuss their purpose.

See what I mean?  Adults can have fun doing this as well, and this is just one example of many.

In addition to Playful Preparedness Tim also shared his eBook The Survival Mindset: Situational Awareness to Avoid Violence & Survive Disasters.  This is a companion book in that it too teaches situational awareness, this time focusing on adults.  All told, both are excellent additions to Prepper Book Festival 10: The Best New Books to Help You Prepare.

Last week Tim answered his initial round of interview questions in Prepper Book Festival 10: Start Prepping!  He is back again today for a second interview plus to giveaway a copy of both Playful Preparedness and The Survival Mindset.

Enjoy the encore interview then be sure to check in below to learn about the giveaway.

An Interview with Tim Young, Author of Playful Preparedness and The Survival Mindset

Given your background, knowledge and experience, what do you feel are the three most important survival or prepping skills?

The answer depends on what the survival situation is, of course. But in general, I’d say it’s critical to have:

1. The ability to source and purify water;

2. The ability to source natural food (foraging, gardening fishing, hunting); and,

3. The ability to protect yourself, which means shelter as well as personal security.

Do you feel totally prepared and if not, what prep area concerns you the most?


We feel totally prepared in terms of all that’s important to live—sourcing food, water, shelter, knowing how to hunt, grow and preserve. The ability to barter and defend and so on. However, our biggest weakness, like that of many I suppose, is in the area of catastrophic or emergency medical care. Sure, we make our own medicines and have QuickClots, Israeli Bandages and all that, but that’s not the same as having the know how for emergency surgery and stored antibiotics.

For that reason among others, I hope we keep the system alive and well.

To what extent does your family participate in your personal preparedness efforts?

It’s something my wife and I are equally committed to and passionate about. It’s so second nature to us that we really don’t even think about it any more. The notion of prepping is something that non-preppers or new preppers think about—once you get immersed in it, it just becomes a way of life.

Our extended family is like pretty much everyone else; relatively unprepared. We’ve had some success influencing them but honestly don’t try that hard. Prepping via preaching often backfires, so we just try to lead by example.

What is your favorite survival or pepping book? (It can be fiction or non-fiction.)

The Road. I’m sure many of your readers have seen the movie, which is great, but it doesn’t convey the same poetry as Cormac McCarthy’s words do.

What about your survival favorite movie?

Contagion. It’s entertaining, plausible and realistically frightening.

The Giveaway

Author Tim Young has reserved a copy of Playful Preparedness (print version) and The Survival Mindset (eBook version) for this Book Festival Giveaway.

To enter the giveaway, you need to utilize the Rafflecopter form below.  Select one or more of the options after signing in using your email account or Facebook, the choice is yours.  The best way to start is by clicking on “Free Entry for Everyone”.  After that, each option you select represents an additional entry.  There are a number of different options so pick and choose or select them all.

a Rafflecopter giveaway

The deadline is 6:00 PM Pacific Tuesday with the winner notified by email and announced on the Rafflecopter in the article.  Please note that the winner must claim their book within 48 hours or an alternate will be selected.

Note:  This giveaway is only open to residents of the United States.

The Final Word

Who would have thought that playing games would teach so much about situational awareness?

These games are not fear-mongering or doomer-porn, but rather fun activities that adults can play with their families or amongst each other.  I personally think they would be a gentle introduction to prepping for those that are reluctant or fearful of getting started.

The trend toward learning to prep by playing games is a good one and I hope to see more of the same going forward.

Enjoy your next adventure through common sense and thoughtful preparation!

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Buying insurance, writing wills, getting our teeth cleaned, and saving for retirement are just a few of the precautions we routinely take to mitigate risks, but most people fail to prepare for what’s most important.

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  • learn the best non-firearm options for self-defense.
  • discover the best ways to generate electricity, store water and food, and handle sanitation and medical care on your own.

For your convenience, here is a list of all of the books in the current Backdoor Survival Prepper Book Festival.

The Road by Cormac McCarthy:  A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, awaits them there. They have nothing; just a pistol to defend themselves against the lawless bands that stalk the road, the clothes they are wearing, a cart of scavenged food—and each other. If you have not read the book (or seen the movie) please do.  Highly recommended!

Plus: The Preppers Guide to Food Storage

No list of books would be complete without my own book, The Prepper’s Guide to Food Storage.  The eBook print version is available.

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37 Responses to “Prepper Book Festival 10: Playful Preparedness and Survival Mindset”

  1. This would be wonderful for my two youngest granddaughters, and later on my three great-grandchildren. Thank you for introducing this book, and giving us a chance to win it.

  2. Most people don’t take the time to train up their kids – we might not make it and leave them behind. Very important to make sure they are ready in any situation. The need to provide, water, food, security and shelter are of utmost importance. Looks like this book would be a great help to do it in a way that they could enjoy! Keep Looking UP

  3. I appreciate your take on the book in that it’s for all rather than a few. I don’t have “kids” anymore, but there’s always going to be the little girl within me. She likes to come out and play often! Thanks for the review and thoughts….and a chance at winning a copy!

  4. Both of these books would be great to have. Both subjects are things I have been thinking about recently. I now have 4 kids (twins in November) and ia daunting task trying to figure out how to prepare them and keep them sage if something bad were to happen.
    I also follow GrayWolf Survival.

  5. Probably four, which are mostly avenues to other sites except for George’s Urban Survival, after which would come SurvivalBlog. I don’t follow any others daily that are strictly “prepper” sites.

  6. I follow MomPrepares, Jnull0, Misty Prepper, & several more. I’m slowly influencing one granddaughter with small kids to view prepping without fear & this book would be great! Thanks for all you do.

  7. When I was in school in the 50s, we were taught “Duck and Cover”: The siren would sound and we all got under our desks to protect us from the nuclear bombs that were heading our way.

    Of course, the purpose of this training had nothing to do with protecting children but was intended to frighten us and make us look to he government for protection. It was very effective.

    With that background in mind, I really appreciate the emphasis on playfulness in tins book. Good work!

  8. I follow only a couple “prepper” websites. I’m a fan of Infowars and The Daily Sheeple though, which have prepper related news on them.

  9. I follow 5 and I can’t say any are my favorites, but I interact the most with you, Backdoor Survival.

  10. I follow several others, including Mom with a Prep and Misty from Your Own Home, and read daily emails from Daily Preparedness and SHTF & Prepping Central.

  11. I follow your site and one other regularly (DH says religiously LOL). I also hit The Survival Mom and the Urban survival site and SurvivorPedia at least once every week or so. A couple others every once in a while.
    I have to say I was just wondering how to get my grand children and their cousins in tune with their crazy grandmother/Grand aunt and this popped up. This sounds like a really fun book to use and teach them with.

  12. Sounds like a great way to get family or friends interested and hopefully thinking. We are trying to teach our four year old granddaughter things already while in the garden, picking and knowing wild weeds, making bread from scratch and her watching what is around her.

  13. Both Books would be an Excellent Resource for the Family and Community at large if it would be Implemented. The Children’s Book would Provide a Great Alternative of Preparing them in a way that would not bring unnecessary anxiety while Preparing and Giving them a Right Mindset, Attitude and Resources to Meet Most or Even Every Challenge they may Meet. I Have the Benefit of your Site Back Door Survival, Urban Survival, The Survival Mom, Mom With a Prep, Grow Your Own Food, Jason Beyond Off Grid and Melissa K. Norris. Happy to Have the Opportunity of the Great Resources and Insight Made Available from These Great Sites.

  14. Book information sounds great to learn and teach grandchildren. Games always make learning more interesting, fun, and the lessons stick – not like just sitting and reading ‘another boring’ book.

  15. At first I followed quite a few sites but after a while one realizes that it’s just a huge marketing tool spouting doom and gloom if you don’t purchase stuff. I now only follow you and S Mom

  16. Just a few of sites. Beside you, I visit The Apartment Prepper on a regular basis to get some good ideas on utilizing small spaces. We don’t live in an apartment but we do live in a house that’s not much bigger than an apartment.

  17. I subscribe to/follow/like on facebook quite a few prepper websites, but this is really the only one I read and interact with regularly. There’s a women’s prepper page on facebook that I like a lot, but that’s mainly women giving each other advice. So I’m relying on you. 🙂

  18. I read a few daily, including yours and Preparing for SHTF, both great for the free survival Kindle books. Thank you! I get several email newsletters from some and read as I have time. I also have several show up in my RSS feed and only have time to read the article titles, but a topic interests me, I’ll bookmark it for later.

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