Rock climbing with a three year old

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on June 11, 2011

in Outdoor Play, Physical Development, Rock Climbing

When my little nephew Wy comes over, I learn to view things in and outside of my house with new eyes…

Everyday, I drive past these rocks that are out in my front yard and don’t really give them much thought. My husband put them in the yard as a landscaping feature and I have just kind of gotten used to having them there…

But on this beautiful, sunny and warm day  - I took Wy around to the front yard and there he found the big rocks…

As soon as he saw them, his expression was priceless and off he went on a rock climbing adventure. A little uncertain at first as to how to navigate the big gaps between rocks but it wasn’t long before he discovered he could make the leap and soon he was leaping easily from rock to rock…

And up and down the rocks, all the while never letting go of his bright blue bottle (which I will talk about very soon)…

I have a new appreciation for the rocks out in our front yard. My husband may have put them there to look pretty but through the eyes of a three year old, it is an adventure in rock climbing…

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1 Diana - Teacher Mom June 11, 2011 at 2:56 am

I love this! The pictures turned out great and this is such a neat reminder to stop and look at life from the vantage point of a toddler.

2 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 11, 2011 at 12:34 pm

It was such a beautiful day to take photos:)

3 jeanne June 11, 2011 at 1:55 pm

Wonderful photos of the exploration of a “new” adventure place for your nephew :) Guess his water bottle was for the Big Hike of the day?!!

4 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 12, 2011 at 7:34 pm

LOL – we were actually doing something else with the water bottle when he found the rocks and ended up rock climbing instead!

5 Little Wonders' Days June 12, 2011 at 6:33 am

He is so adorable. He looks like he is having a great time. My kids love things to climb like this too.

6 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 12, 2011 at 7:32 pm

I think he is adorable too:)

7 Christie-Childhood 101 June 12, 2011 at 7:41 am

I love your rocks and am now thinking how I could incorporate some big rock walls like yours into our front garden redesign!

8 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 12, 2011 at 7:32 pm

My husband is definitely the genius behind this design. We had kind of this big drop off in our front yard so he added the big stones to make it less a drop off and more of a landscaping feature:) I never thought of it as an adventure until my nephew started climbing and he loved it!

9 abbie June 25, 2011 at 9:49 pm

That is adorable. We are going to be doing some rock climbing with our little ones in the next few days too! So excited. Thanks for sharing.

10 Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. June 26, 2011 at 10:48 am

I would love to try a little bit more challenging rocks sometime for Wy to climb:) Have fun on your adventure!

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