CLIMBING IN THE GARDEN
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Materials

Lots of varying terrain and substrates, for example:

-Hills of rocks.

-Sturdy fences, trees, and tree houses.

-Decks with several levels, stairs, and ladders.

-Pondless waterfalls.

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Methods

While a discussion of safety rules is essential, the challenge to educators is to allow the children to challenge themselves. Step back, watch carefully, offer guidance and a helping hand only when necessary. Provide lots of encouragement to push children further when they are ready but are a little scared. You are guaranteed to be surprised at how capable children become when they are allowed to explore freely.

This is good for adults as well!

Heather Taylor teachoutside@gmail.com