Using Rock Climbing to Connect Kids With Nature and The Outdoors
Updated: May 20, 2020
Children are spending more time indoors than ever before. A research in 2016 found that three-quarters of the children spend less time outside than prison inmates and a fifth of the children not playing outside at all on an average day. With technology being included in children’s toys and play activities, we now live in a world where digital devices occupy much of children’s time, energy and brainpower.
Although the emergence of shopping centres has introduced various activities targeting children, they are still located indoors and do not present an opportunity for engagement as the child often outgrows those social activities. They also further alienates the children’s interaction with nature.
Rock climbing, which was ranked by Forbes as one of the healthiest sports to engage in, is an excellent tool to help foster children’s growth in embracing the intrinsic physical and cognitive benefits of rock climbing itself and also connect children with nature and the outdoors.
True to the saying you don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone, the lockdowns/ stay- at-home directives experienced in many countries as a result of the COVID-19 epidemic has caused more parents to realise the importance of kids spending time outdoors and having less screen time. As to how this will affect the efforts the parents will take to actively connect their kids with nature and the outdoors post Covid-19, only time will tell.