Yasmeen Kamrani Sallam
Invitation to Climb
Updated: May 18, 2021
Researchers are uncovering the values of one of the most developmentally important forms of play - climbing. As humans from birth we’re explorers, thrill-seekers, problem-solvers, and above all, curious, therefore we are simply born to climb. We nautrally don’t just love climbing for the excitement and the challenge - there are biological reasons at play that attract us to it. Climbing aids in mental and physical development, and has been shown to improve creativity, memory, and critical thinking abilities. Climbing works almost every major muscle group in the body, so children increase upper body strength (by using their arms and hands), their lower body (by using their legs), develop core stability, muscle control and balance when taking part in exploring a climber such as Environments® Sea Life Corner Climber #gifted.
This multilevel climber will inspire confidence and agility for infants and toddlers as they explore each soft section. The expanded vinyl foam squares can be lined up, moved in sequence, or used individually, so it’s great for building with as well. One of the first purchases when Cyrus started crawling (7months) was the Climb and Play 6 Piece Set, this perfectly compliments the other pieces and we still use it.
Working on gross motor skills helps a child gain strength and confidence in his/her body. It also helps them get exercise and physical activity, which is important for a healthy lifestyle. Developing these skills through play such as this helps a childs ability to do more complex skills in future activities.