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Why climbing trees is important for your child

Child development

Why Climbing trees is important for your child

Climbing takes brain power

As children growing up in the 80’s and 90’s, we used to play outside a lot.  Climbing on jungle gyms, riding bikes, climbing trees etc.  We had no problem getting in and out of a tree.  Fast forward a few years and I find myself standing in front of a tree, trying to figure out how I am going to get up, and more importantly, how I am going to get down.  See, I joined this outdoor fitness group and it’s really amazing.  It challenges you physically but more so it challenges you mentally.  As I was watching the others getting up and down the tree, I realised something.  A simple thing like climbing in and out of a tree, even with little steps added to make it easier, requires not only physical strength, but it makes your logical brain work in ways that you don’t realise. 

What goes up must come down

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Most of the people got up pretty easily, but when they were up in the tree, they suddenly struggled to find a way down.  You could see their mind working trying to figure this thing out.  Some got it right, and others had to be guided down.  This whole experience taught me one important thing:  Children need to climb trees.  Learning to make decisions while you are up in a tree, feeling scared because you think you are stuck, is extremely important for developing problem solving skills under pressure.  It is something that some of the young people in our fitness group struggled with.  Figuring out how to get out of a tree was an extremely difficult thing for some of them to do.  The older people in their 40’s had it easier to get out even though the younger kids were fitter and stronger. 
Children need to develop their skills through climbing.  Climbing develops more than their physical muscles.  It promotes brain development, problem solving, decision making and working under pressure.  
As parents we tend to overprotect our children.  In some cases this does more harm than good.  For example if your child is in a tree or on a jungle gym and he can’t get off, do not immediately go and take him down.  Rather direct him.  Teach him to make a plan to come down.  Guide him by asking questions like ‘where do you think your left foot must go to get down?’, or ‘can you find an easier way to tilt your body to get down etc’.  This guidance will teach him to think and to solve problems and will improve his learning skills.

climbing trees & jungle gyms improves:

  • Physical strength
  • Decision making
  • Logical thinking
  • Problem solving
  • Working under pressure

Quick Reminder: Safety comes first.  Always make sure that you supervise your child while climbing.  

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