It is relatively easy to assume that climbing frames are just for kids. While this may be the norm, it is essential to remember that activities involving a climbing frame can be for the whole family. According to an article published by South University, family activities can help strengthen the emotional bond between parents and children. On top of that, it also helps the family communicate better. The article also added that children perform better in academics when they can communicate with their parents and they have been noted to have exemplary behaviour compared to their peers. Now that we’ve covered the benefits of family time, let’s see how you can take advantage of the climbing frame in your backyard for family activities.
1. Show Them Your Climbing Tricks
Kids are always changing their minds. Sometimes, they want to play with you. Sometimes, they don’t want you in their line of sight. When the time comes that they do want to play with you and there’s a climbing frame in your backyard that can handle 500 kilos of weight, don’t say you can’t because you’re not a child. Do it. Show them all the tricks you can do with the climbing frame and don’t hesitate to support them when they want to try it out themselves. Kids are curious and always eager to learn by nature. Help them. By being with your child when they are playing with the climbing frames, you’re not only strengthening your bond with them, but you’re also able to guide them better and pushing their creativity.
2. Do a Weekly Pull-Up Competition
Again, this is only if your climbing frames can handle the weight. However, there’s nothing like healthy competition to keep the family morale and tradition going. Besides, it’s a great way of introducing life lessons without being too serious about the subject. In fact, competitive activities are great for a child’s development. It sets them up for the wins and loses they will later experience in life, and it will also reinforce taking turns, empathy and tenacity as noted on an article in Parents.com. So start the ball rolling by organising a quick pull-up competition with your kid using your climbing frames at home. Make it fun, casual and of course, safe!