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Climbing is a wonderful activity for kids as it allows them to explore, gain new perspectives and adapt to new environments. Climbing structures are like a puzzle that needs to be solved. Whether your little one is scaling a rock wall or heading to the top of a jungle gym, this activity has loads of benefits.
For starters, it helps kids develop problem-solving skills. Their brains view climbing structures as a series of problems that need solving, which allows them to use and develop logic, cognitive functions, concentration and memory.
It’s also an excellent way for kids to enhance physical skills like hand and foot coordination, agility and balance, and to develop spatial and directional awareness. Since the need to manage different levels, inclines and distances, they need to learn how to get a sense of their movement and position in space.
There are benefits all around when kids climb together. When kids work with one another to get to the top of a structure, they learn how to listen, communicate and cooperate. Cooperation, in particular, is an essential life skill that helps children build trust with one another.
In short, climbing teaches kids lifelong skills such as goal setting, planning and determination. It helps them learn to make decisions and then to follow through on them. It helps them build confidence and self-esteem and enhance their dexterity and physical strength.
Now are you convinced to add a climbing structure to your backyard? If so, let’s look at characteristics to consider before investing in a dome or gym.
Before you invest in a climbing dome or structure or a jungle gym, there are a few important qualities to consider.
Indoors or outdoors:
First you’ll need to decide whether you want to use your dome inside or outside and buy a model accordingly.
Do you have enough space for the right structure? A dome climber should be, at most, twice your child’s height and it should fit comfortably in your playroom, yard or garden.
Smaller kids can use a lightweight dome, which are generally made from plastic, while bigger kids might need heavier and more rugged models, which are usually made from steel.
This refers to the total weight that your dome or structure can withstand. Smaller models for smaller kids might have a weight capacity of 150 pounds, while a larger, sturdier model could have a limit of 1,000 pounds.
Ultimately, your budget will determine the type of structure you buy. A smaller model for little kids could cost around $200, while a steel dome for multiple kids could set you back up to $400.
Some models come with additional features, such as slides and rock walls. Others come with clubhouses. Figure out what your kids would most enjoy and look for a structure with the corresponding bells and whistles.
There are some safety measures to keep in mind too. Don’t let your kids fool around on the dome, as it’s easy to get hurt, and make sure they maintain three points of contact at all times. Also, avoid climbing when the structure is wet and make sure they’re not wearing loose clothes (e.g. a scarf) that could get caught. And it’s better to wear long sleeves and long pants to avoid injuries, if possible.
So now that you’re ready to see your kid get climbing, which dome is it going to be?