Being outdoors is a simple joy. It takes very little planning and yeilds a whole host of emotions and developmental milestones. One of our favourite outdoor activities is climbing trees. The Moo's climb a tree at least once a week.
Taking risks is an inevitable part of life. If we hold our children back from this at such a young age we jeopardise the confidence of a future generation of scientists, entrepreneurs, politicians too afraid to climb a simple tree, to afraid to take risks.
We have always ensured that the Moo's understand that trees can be dangerous, snapping branches, risk of falling and therefore they know they cannot climb a tree without first asking. Is this tree OK to climb? The adult then talks the child through the pros and cons and a decision is made (are the branches thick enough, is there enough branches to climb up, is there a nice thick branch to sit on hold your weight? Etc etc …) They also know that whilst climbing a tree an adult must be available to help (bit of bottom pushing) or mostly just be there as a cheer squad, guide and if they need help getting back down.
Climbing trees gives your child a different perspective on the world.
You learn about balance and co-ordination
It makes you smile!
You can use your imagination and pretend you are climbing Rapunzel's hair or scaling a mountain.
It's fun to do with friends
If you don't like climbing up why not see if you can scramble inside or find a fairy door
Or just give a tree a hug!
Climbing trees is simple free-fun. Stop panicking and enjoy! When was the last time you climbed a tree?