Children can start rock climbing between 4-7 years old during this time children will have developed the problem-solving skills needed to climb problems.
Around this age kids also can start to follow instructions and this allows them to have more autonomy. However, kids always need to be supervised. Kids respond really well to climbing and like to do the same thing as mummy and daddy.
What Are the Benefits of Rock Climbing at an Early Age?
Rock Climbing is extremely beneficial to people of all ages and provides all sorts of health benefits along with teaching kids various skills to help in life.
Rock Climbing helps build confidence in kids or young adults it teaches them to have confidence in their own skillset to get the job done, along with teaching them to deal with adversity (fear of falling) these skills will come in useful regardless of your age.
Climbing Teaches and Enhances Problem Solving Skills
One of the best parts of rock climbing is solving the routes or problems of the climb. By that, I mean working out the correct body position to make a climb possible. While at first, it might seem like you are just monkeying around you are actually developing your child’s problem-solving skills which will help then with school and other activities.
Improving Hand, Eye and Foot Coordination Along With Motor Skills
Climbing is a movement-based sport and your child will be constantly looking for new handholds and footholds some as small as pebbles, this is great for teaching kids coordination as you child needs to determine the correct route up a climb. All of this combined greatly improves a child’s motor skills.
Rock Climbing Improves General Fitness, Strength, Endurance and Flexibility
We all know that rock rock climbing is one the of the best exercises and full body sports on the planet and its a great way to improve on your own overall fitness and a child’s. The only problem is due to the endurance side your kids might end up with too much energy leaving you even further behind in their dust.
The Fun Factor
Most important all most kids find rock climbing extremely fun and exhilarating and will be begging for you to bring them back to the rock climbing wall!