Why children should learn to climb

When toddlers learn to walk, the next stage is climbing onto furniture. This is every parent’s worst nightmare, worried that they will fall, but it is an important part of their development and growth.

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Climbing

So why do all children want to climb? For fun, excitement, the challenge, the sense of danger, reaching the top gives a sense of success, exploration, competing with others and learning. All of these things are totally natural stages in a child’s development; learning by climbing develops a skill, the first of many to be acquired.

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As soon as we are born, we engage our natural instinct to seek, touch and explore, examining items as we come across them, experiencing new sensations and satisfying our curiosity. As we grow the risks get higher as our parents allow us to go that bit further each time, and this continues into our school years and onwards. Playgroups are another stepping stone, with new objects to investigate. Outdoor pre school playgrounds provide the necessary materials for continued development, with children’s wooden climbing frames and overhead ladders. These facilities should also be provided in the home to allow children to engage daily in free play, with specific time set aside for this purpose. During this time the child will learn what he can and cannot do; how injuries can happen and can master their own challenges. It is also during this time that muscles and nerves are developed and the child learns coordination, agility, confidence, and strength. Free play should be fun, with some participation from their elders teaching game development and teamwork.

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Trees

Climbing trees is often a no go area in school playgrounds, also parks and children’s playgrounds prohibit this activity as risky. Instead, professionally built childrens wooden climbing frames http://www.niclimbingframes.com/ are provided to challenge children to work out how they can get to the highest point or how to move their body along the framework. Children have an unbridled imagination, creating dens, castles and hide outs, providing them with the basis to create whatever they want, stimulating their minds whilst physically stretching their bodies.

Climbing is an important stage in every child’s development where they learn problem solving, responsibility, confidence, resilience, strength and dexterity. While children grow physically, emotionally and socially, they are gaining the skills to support them in later life.

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