How to make a Climbing Wall for Kids Indoor Play
This coronavirus pandemic has perhaps influenced everything in the world, businesses, schools, colleges, humans, animals, you name it. Considering the situation, kids are not left untouched either. It has been quite difficult for them to cope up, with the schools and colleges shut down and no access to playgrounds, etc., it is hard to entertain the kids and keep them mentally and physically active.
If you have been worried that your child spends a little too much time with eyes glued to a screen, then an approach under the current times is to engage them in indoor activities. You can make them learn things, play games, etc. One such beneficial activity is wall climbing.
Climbing is an all-round sport, activity, and a form of exercise that uses every muscle in the body, and the brain! Kids have an inherent need to actuate their bodies in huge forms. These gross motor activities are obliged to help stimulate muscles, provide an outlet for energy, and help kids obtain confidence in their abilities.
Climbing is a complete body workout. So, when you face a climbing wall, all outside influences wash away and it leaves your head clear and ready for the task at hand. Climbing a wall demands focus and concentration. Children learn quickly in the process, that if they want to progress, they have to pay proper attention. Climbing requires flexibility, coordination, balance, and mental challenges like strategy and planning. No wonder why kids get a boost of confidence when reaching new heights.
Building a climbing wall can be a great way to get a workout and avoid going out of the house. The main aim is to give the kids the fun and freedom and also generally encourage them – it all benefits their health and development in so many ways.
- Decide exactly what you want out of the climbing wall considering height, width and other essentials.
- Plan on the construction method you will use for your wall.
- Evaluate what all supplies you will need like the number of holds, installation kit with bolts etc. and all the technicalities.
- Build the wall either directly on room wall or by using wooden plank fixed to wall
- Finish the wall surface, paint, and apply texture if required.
- Consider what your fall zone is going to be.
- Crank your holds on and grade the routes.
Pros of Indoor Climbing Wall
- Climate Control, you are not dependent on the weather outside.
- Controlled Terrain, you can relax knowing that a piece of the wall won’t break off in your hand and you can control the fall too with all safety arrangement like placing mats etc.
- Controlled Grading, because it is in your hands to set the grading, it will be consistent, unlike outdoor wild variations.
Cons of Indoor Climbing Wall
- Repetitive Environment, the location will be the same, unlike outdoors.
- No Fresh Air or Sunshine to soak in the nature around.
There are a lot of portable structures available in the market that can be easily installed at your home, or you can indulge in DIY climbing structures with the tools available based on the age of your kids. Making an indoor climbing space at home can be as easy as attaching climbing holds to a wall by kids beds. Or, you can have a whole indoor climbing playset. Consider the kids’ ages and activity levels and go from there. Most noteworthy, bigger kids will need a bigger space.
Indoor rock climbing if done right and in a considered fashion should be extremely safe. However, there are only a few things that you can consider while doing so:
- Keep Away from Climbing Climbers: Don’t be anywhere near where a climber could fall. Watch out above you when you’re moving around the place.
- Keep Stuff Out of the Way: Try and keep the climbing area as clear as possible and put everything away to avoid any accidents. You can offer a water bottle to the kids whenever required.
- Check Loose Holds: Make sure before you indulge the kids into any climbing activity, check for loose holds. The kid needs to be able to grab onto them without any fear of it falling off, they shouldn’t rotate or anything.
- Check the Safety Pads in the fall zone to avoid any accident. You can put any mattresses in case the professional gym pads are not available.
Climbing is a fun activity that can be easily performed indoors, acknowledging certain safety measures. In the current times when outdoors is not a possibility, this indoor activity can prove a great push for kids.
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