This weekend we finally took the kids to our local indoor rock climbing gym. The hubby and I dabbled in climbing during our pre-kid days, but we’ve known for a while now that our kids were ready to give it a try.
Little Man was rarin’ to go and couldn’t wait to get started. He climbed and climbed until we had to drag him out right before closing time:
Big Brother was equally excited and also did a great job:
Little Man would climb to the top nearly every time, while Big Brother would get a few feet off the ground. He was quite proud of himself, though, and would exclaim loudly each time “Little Man big high up, Big Brother little high!” Yes, Big Brother tends to speak in third person
The kids had a complete blast and they really did awesome. They have been begging to go back ever since, so I forsee a lot more climbing in our future. I get a kick out of everyone who acts so shocked that we took Big Brother to rock climb. You never know what your kids are capable of unless you give them the opportunities to show you! Little Man is 4.5 and Big Brother is 5 and I feel that they are at the perfect age to get started in climbing. They have always been good climbers, but they are old enough now to really follow directions and use problem solving skills in a way that they can apply them to climbing.
Big Brother was very excited about exploring the sensory-rich environment and was easily distracted by the climbing holds and would take much time “exploring” each one. He also loved the sensation of hanging from the rope, so we tried to accomodate him and let him go at his own pace.
I can see already that climbing is going to be beneficial for both boys (but especially for our son with autism) in the areas of strength, coordination, motor planning, focus and self-esteem. For now, we’re all just having fun and celebrating the fact that we’ve got two awesome kiddos who never cease to amaze us.
Do your kids rock climb? How old are they and where do they climb–indoors or out?