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80. Climbing

Before children can walk they want to go up. Up is often their first word. To a young child, up seems to be where all the action is. In this sense, climbing is a basic instinct.

80. Climbing

Before children can walk they want to go up. Up is often their first word. To a young child, up seems to be where all the action is. In this sense, climbing is a basic instinct.

 

As safety-minded parents it is tempting to want to curb any sort of activity that courts danger, but climbing gives children a true sense of what they are physically capable of. If you can be brave enough to let them find out for themselves, you’ll generally find that when they do take risks, they are appropriate ones.

 

As with other kinds of movement, climbing up is something children have to experience with their whole bodies before they can understand it in more abstract ways. They might begin by climbing the stairs at home. Later on when they can walk, they can climb ladders in the playground. When they are old enough they can master climbing frames or trees (even better.)



The main thing to encourage is ‘whole body’ climbing, where they are using their arms as much as their legs. Upper bodies tend to be neglected. Climbing can help keep chests open and postures upright.

May 01, 2016 By Alexis Ralphs

80. Climbing

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