With children these days being more and more focused on technology, it is no wonder why parents are concerned with a number of hours kids spend on tablets, smartphones and video games and the implications these hours have on their physical health. As a result more and more parents are looking for ways in which to get their kids moving and involved in physical activities like using climbing frames. Most children enjoy from an early age so it is a great activity for kids to start doing from an early age with great mental and physical benefits.
We have named the Top 10 reasons of why Climbing is great for children:
- Focus and Concentration
As climbing requires a great deal of focus and concentration; obtaining these skills from an early age really benefits children academically and beyond.
- Hand-eye coordination
Climbing requires the use of both arms and legs needing them to work together in navigating a difficult obstacle. This activity will really help kids develop their fine motor skills so should be encouraged from an early age.
- Problem-solving skills
Climbing a wall is just like solving a problem, and solving these particular problems requires both mental and physical skills.
Climbing requires quick decision-making about the best route to take and they really rely on their own physical and mental strength to succeed the task. Succeeding or improving their skills will improve their confidence in themselves.
- Overcoming fears
Climbing Frames are the perfect environment for allowing kids to explore their abilities in a safe surrounding. That means they’re not at risk, they still get to learn that it can be fun to challenge them.
- Trust and team building
Working with a friend or siblings is a great way for children to learn about working with others as part of a team, and about trusting others to provide the help they need to navigate an obstacle.
- Body confidence
Climbing is not an easy sport, and the physical skills that it requires can help children feel more confident in their bodies.
- Building physical strength
Kids who develop physical strength become more confident, and physical health helps them stay prepared for all of the life’s challenges.
- Setting and achieving goals:
When they climb, children learn that they can achieve difficult goals. And, because not every climb will be successful, they also get something equally important: the opportunity to learn from their mistakes, and figure out how to succeed the next time.
- Enjoying and respecting nature
Once children become experienced enough to climb outdoors, they gain even more benefits. Spending time outdoors is itself scientifically proven to reduce stress, and connecting physically with nature helps kids develop a healthy respect for it. Another great benefit is that children have the chance to develop other outdoor interests, and learn about the natural environment.