The benefits of tree climbing

Old Fashioned Tree Climbing

The benefits of tree climbingWhen was the last time you climbed a tree? Chances are it as when you were a child.  Or maybe you climb trees with your children? Or maybe you are one of those parents that does not allow tree climbing.

To me, there is not much that is more disappointing than seeing a large tree with a sign that says “no climbing.” As a child, a big tree was an invitation to climb. I grew up in the desert and large trees are not the norm here. When we saw one, we climbed it. Otherwise, we just climbed the little desert trees. We never worried about falling out, breaking bones, or scorpions…we just climbed. Those were the days.

The tree I climbed the most as a child was my grandma’s bottle brush tree. It grew to a decent size and it could fit a few of us at a time. Sometimes we just relaxed up there and other times we climbed up and pulled the seeds off as they made great projectiles for our battles. I can still smell the familiar scent of those seeds on my hands.

Some children have never known the joys of climbing a tree. That is a shame. There are so many benefits to climbing trees. Here are just a few:

  • It is fun!
  • It provides good exercise.
  • It improves balance.
  • It gets kids outside.
  • It provides a bird’s eye view of your surroundings.
  • It builds confidence.
  • It is a free activity.
  • It is safer than you think.

If you do allow your children to climb trees, exercise some common sense. Be safe and supervise younger children. As with any activity, accidents can happen.

Do you have childhood memories of climbing trees? Feel free to leave a comment. Share and let’s talk about it.


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  1. Christie Cottage says

    We always climbed trees as children. I let my grandson climb now. I just get close and he has to stay within my climbing range! LOL

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  2. I love to climb trees..and so do my boys! guess were all

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  3. allysmama says

    We climbed trees as kids too!!
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  4. Carlyn P says

    We had a fig tree in our backyard that was awesome for climbing.

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  7. Wow I think I was about 10 when I climbed a tree. My mom was not around because otherwise she wouldn't had let me. Ha ha!

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  8. Tracy Groshong says

    I love this!! I can remember climbing trees in Cincinnati, with the full colorful leaves. It was so fun to climb and then be surrounded by the leaves, feeling like a bird at times, and watching everything from WAY up. In Illinois, us 4 kids would play all day and climb trees, make dad put a swing on the big one, and swing from the vines hanging from them. One of my fondest memories was a game us 4 kids used to play in Tucson, AZ. We tricked our littlest brother by telling him we had a magic cookie tree. We hid cookies in the branches and he found them. Magic! Eventually he found us out. But we also played tree tag (quite the hardy tree), and let's face it any tree in Arizona is a treasure in the summertime. Not one of us was harmed in the playing of trees (and the trees survived too).

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  10. I grew up on the wide open prairies, so no tree climbing for me. There's one pic of me from a road trip to BC perched high in a tree, so apparently my life wasn't completely void of tree climbing. My son inherited my fear of heights and climbs very cautiously and not very high, but is working on having his grandpa build him a tree fort. A good compromise, for sure. 🙂

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  12. casey aubut says

    I miss climbing trees! 🙂
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  14. I loved tree climbing as a child. One of my fav. memories.

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  15. Mama.Mommy.Mom. says

    I was never much of a tree climber, but my daughter loves it! I have to send her out in pants because she will tear he legs up on the tree bark and not even blink!

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  16. simplywalkingthroughlife says

    I loved climbing a tree in our backyard as a kid. It was shaped perfectly for several kids to climb up and just hang out. I was so sad when we moved away and our new yard didn't have good climbing trees!
    By next summer, I have a feeling Isaiah will have figured out the basics of climbing trees. There's a church down the street with the perfect tree for it. (I may or may not have climbed it within the last year…)

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  18. ~Stephanie says

    We had a big tree, perfect for climbing. Once the ranches were out of reach, I had my dad nail wooden boards to the trunk to use as steps.
    I wish we had a climbable tree now. My son would love it!

  19. Love seeing kids in trees, brings back memories of me and mu little sister Linda climbing every tree we could, even as adults

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