Welcome to Day 10 of 31 Days of Backyard Nature Fun, a month-long series offering simple ways to get outside exploring the natural world. To catch up on what we’ve been up to, you might want to head here.
I admit it: Even this outdoor-loving nature mama gets nervous when her kids want to climb a tree. Like most of you, I worry that they might fall and get hurt.
It’s true; that could happen. But I’m learning to let go of that fear. And today I’m challenging you to do the same.
Day 10: Climb a tree.
Your assignment is to encourage your young explorer[s] to climb a tree. There aren’t really any rules here, but a few tips might come in handy:
- Look for a large, sturdy tree. If you don’t have one in your own backyard, try a local park.
- Search for hand and footholds. This is the perfect time to pretend you are a favorite climbing animal like a monkey or a koala.
- Go only as high as is comfortable. The goal here isn’t to reach the top of the tree; it’s to get down safely, too. Focus on going as high as feels safe.
- Enjoy the view. What does the world look like from up in the tree?
- Climb down slowly. If the kids can climb up the tree, they can also find a way down. Provide encouragement and support as needed.
- Repeat! Try to climb higher next time – or try a more challenging tree.
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