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Having fun climbing trees

If you delve back into the dark recesses of your mind and access your childhood memories (like I occasionally do) do you remember the sheer, simplistic fun of climbing trees?

I do.

One early memory is of primary school and the huge old oak trees where we used to play the “Roots Game.”

Basically, the rules of the game was to only stand on the roots of the trees and jump from one tree to another by standing on the gnarled, twisted roots.

If you fell off, you were out.

The National Trust seems to agree with me that trees are fun and has recently published a list of “50 Things You should Do Before You’re 11 and 3 quarters.”

Tree climbing being one of them.

So today in the park my two were found shimmying up some branches and sitting in the trees.

tree climbing

There used to be a tyre hanging in the trees which we used as a swing when growing up.

It’s a housing estate now. 😦

Do your children climb trees?

How many things in the list have they accomplished?

You can’t beat the old, simple fun.

Things To Do Before You’re 11 and 3 quarters list



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  1. July 18, 2013 at 2:30 pm

    I was rubbish at climbing trees, Baba hasn’t really done a lot of tree climbing at only 4 he isn’t quite big enough but he has tried a little and I can’t wait to see him attempting it xx

  2. July 20, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    There’s noting quite like it! I should encourage my boys to do more of this and I love your roots game idea!

  3. July 21, 2013 at 12:01 am

    I seem to have a whole brood that love climbing trees, what better way to hone their agility and naturally find out their own limitations. Thanks for sharing your great tree climbing game with Country Kids.

  4. July 21, 2013 at 9:49 am

    Simple fun is the best! Even with support my wee man can manage a bit of tree climbing. He certainly enjoys jumping over the roots and exploring tree stumps. We pretend the tree roots are snakes πŸ™‚

  5. Sue
    July 22, 2013 at 10:32 am

    My sister, 2 brothers and myself loved climbing trees. We used to have a plantation of conifers near us and we used to climb and sit in them and use them as spaceships!
    Both my boys are grown up now but I’ve registered our 2 and half year old grandson for the 50 things. Looking forward to some fun times. πŸ™‚

  6. August 19, 2013 at 7:51 pm

    Yes! I do remember loving to climb trees and NOT being afraid (heights terrify me now, go figure). As soon as my kids are tall enough to read the lowest branches, i will encourage them to climb, too, although, they probably won’t need a whole lot of encouragement πŸ™‚

  7. August 20, 2013 at 12:38 am

    My youngest daughter Kitty who is 5 loves climbing trees. Only low branched ones but she’s fearless!
    Thanks for linking up to the Parenting Pin It Party x

  8. August 20, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    We’ve been climbing trees this week too! Fantastic!

  9. August 23, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Yep, I remember playing roots. I also remember climbing trees with friends when I was 18 and a small child being told ‘don’t climb that one there’s a lady up there’!

  10. September 24, 2013 at 11:17 am

    Ah climbing trees is such a great basic childhood activity. Kids love it!
    Trees can provide loads of fun and games for children. It sounds like yours had a good time.
    Thanks for linking #LetKidsBeKids

  11. September 24, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I used to love climbing trees πŸ™‚

  12. September 24, 2013 at 6:53 pm

    My son loves climbing trees – and terrifying me in the process πŸ˜‰ x

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