The golden rule of the park is climb up the stairs and slide down the slide. I guess we are rule breakers around here, within reason. I let my kid climb up the slide, I even encourage it. Of course, we don’t climb up the slide when others are going down the slide. We climb the slide when it’s appropriate time and place, and not impacting others trying to use the slide. I even encourage climbing up the slide in my practice as a physical therapist.
Benefits Of Climbing Up The Slide
Hamstring Strengthening – The hamstring is the muscle in the back of your thigh. Climbing up the slide is an excellent way to get this hamstrings firing. By getting your feet on the slide and hands holding onto the edges of the slide your hamstrings get a great work out. The physical therapist in me loves this aspect of climbing the slide.
Core Strengthening – Climbing up the slide works the muscles in the center part of the body. They need to kick in to help with the process of getting up the slide.
Proprioceptive Input – Climbing up the slide is great for body awareness with input coming in through hands and feet!
It’s A Little Risky – As a mom, I’m okay with this. I obviously monitor the process to make sure that nothing terrible is going to happen. However, risk can be a good thing. It’s a good way for my child to learn to monitor risks. When you think about it going down the slide is a little risky too!
Turn Taking – Understanding that climbing up the slide is something that shouldn’t be done when other kids are going down the slide. We work with this on our little slide in the back yard. All the little toddler neighbor boys are sliding down and climbing up. We talk about when it is appropriate and when it is not working on an understanding of the needs of other kids and turn taking.
Sliding down is lots of fun too!
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