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December 21, 2014

Adventures when the winter weather sets in.

My daughter has had a few sessions at a local indoor climbing centre and every time she has always come away wanting to book in another session, so as the cold weather sets in, indoor climbing is a great way of getting children active and engaged with a really fun and adventurous activity.

Recently we met a few friends at Boulder to give the girls an active Sunday morning of climbing. The girls had a go at the practice wall, trying to move around the corner without falling off and then we played some good team games where they had to work together to balance on the wall and start thinking about hand holds and the shapes of their bodies.

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After the warm up and a quick drink, they were ready to hit the wall. The girls were great in waiting turns, helping and encouraging each other with where to go and always giving each other high fives and confidence boosts when someone would complete their climb. It was lovely to see and us Mums didn’t have to encourage this, we all agreed how naturally it came from the girls.

They tried different walls and challenges and never gave up, always trying to reach a bit higher each time. They also had challenges of tieing themselves into their harnesses and remembering their ‘figure of eight knot’, all useful skills for future climbing sessions.

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The best thing however wasn’t how high they climbed or the quickest climb but was how the girls acted with each other. It was a brilliant team activity and normally that doesn’t happen in a climbing session as climbing can be a bit of an individual activity or sport. The girls {and Mums} had a lovely time and we’re currently thinking of starting our own climbing club with hoodies and motivating mottos!

So when the weather makes it hard for our usual outdoor adventures indoor climbing is a great way to introduce elements of risk taking, exercise, team work, confidence building and best of all fun!

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Country Kids from Coombe Mill Family Farm Holidays Cornwall

 



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14 thoughts on “Adventures when the winter weather sets in.

  1. That looks like great fun Kim.Just as well considering some of the weather we get to keep you indoors.All of the girls look to be enjoying themselves and doing really well at it. It’s good that the Mum’s can do something at the same time.

    You’re raising a right little sports enthusiast there.
    xxx Massive Hugs xxx

    1. kim says:

      Hi David,
      My daughter will be taking over from me with all her outdoor skills soon! It can be difficult in the winter and some days it is just to cold and wet for little ones to be out.
      Thank you,
      Kim

  2. Coombe Mill says:

    What a great way to get the kids excited to get exercising and having new experiences however as they’re inside it’s not quite Country Kids. It’s great that it helped the girls build up their confidence and skills as a team and maybe they can put that to practice on a great fun outdoor activity.

    1. kim says:

      Hi, indoor climibing is a great adventure when the weather is a bit horrible. The confidence the girls are gaining are brilliant and you can see them developing more and more with each session. Its great for developing confidence and friendship with outdoor adventures.

  3. Karen Bell says:

    Sounds like good fun and fantastic the way they became a team and worked together. Climbing is a great activity for everyone.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

    1. kim says:

      Hi, the girls were great working together and it was so lovely to see them helping each other out.
      We so lucky to have a really good climbing wall near to our house to visit.
      Glad to link in with #LetKidsBeKids

  4. This looks fantastic! What a brilliant way to get fit, learn about risk and have fun!
    #countrykids

    1. kim says:

      Hi, its such a great way of children taking risk but in a good way for parents to cope with!
      My daughter has such a lovely time climbing, she loves it.

    1. kim says:

      Hi, thank you. I totally agree about risk taking with children, we shouldn’t see it as a bad thing if managed in the right way.

  5. Awesome. I was bloody useless at this as a kid. I would get most of the way up and then freeze. I couldn’t go up or down! A completely irrational response. I’m sure I would be the same now. When Little Man gets a bit bigger I would love to see him give it a go though. Thanks for linking up and supporting the Outdoor Play Party this year 🙂

    1. kim says:

      Hi, I do think the coming down can be worse than getting up to the top! Its as if your brain is telling you how stupid it is.
      Its great to see the confidence growing with my daughter with each session, its a great activity.

    1. kim says:

      Thank you so much. I’m so glad you enjoyed my post and thank you for sharing it in the December Outdoor Play Roundup.

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