Sort of related to this thread, my son and i watch many of the same shows. (too many commercials, but that is a different issue).
This past week I have started him in on some of these skills as well. The first one was to make a small snare from what he found in our 30 x 50 ft back yard. He managed to make one - needs refinement, but it was a good start.
He also now recognizes the value of commercial wire.
Next up - a making rope.