What kids are really doing when they climb trees.

by Sarah - Craft Invaders

This evening I sat my kids down, and asked them how they go about climbing a tree. This is what they told me …


What kids are really doing when they climb trees. The next time you watch a kid climb a tree, sit back and enjoy it - you are watching the fudaments of management theory at work!

 

1. First they SEE a tree that might be good for climbing

2. They THINK and decide if it is a good tree for climbing

3. They PLAN how they will tackle the first bit (my daughter said she plans it in eighths)

4. They DO the first bit that they had planned.

5. They then told me they repeat the process, until they get to the ultimate point they wanted to reach, or get stuck.

6. They then PLAN how to get unstuck or down

7. They then DO the unsticking (their words not mine!)

8. They repeat the process until down or stuck again

9. If all else fails call Dad

10. They also told me it is easier if you work as a team

Put this into adult language and you have Assess – Plan – Implement – Evaluate probably the most fundamental of all management models. Add in the teamwork, and knowing when to refer to a higher authority and the kids are starting to sound like they have Management Theory nailed. So the next time you watch a kid climb a tree, sit back and enjoy it – you are watching the fundamentals of management theory at work!

What kids are really doing when they climb trees. The next time you watch a kid climb a tree, sit back and enjoy it - it's management theory in a nutshell!

” I like climbing trees because when I’m high enough I can pretend it’s a secret base. The cars that go past the house have invaders inside, and I need to hide in the leaves”

 

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69 comments

Kids of the Wild June 12, 2018 - 8:40 am

Love this! One of the most natural kids activities and so much life-skills education without them knowing it. Nature rocks.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 13, 2018 - 11:17 am

It really does 🙂

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Coral July 3, 2016 - 10:57 pm

Wow, this is brilliant!! I have a regular tree climber (I’ve blogged about it a bit!) and I’ve never thought to apply this theory to what he’s doing. He loves climbing anything and, from now on, I’ll be encouraging him all the more!

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Coral July 3, 2016 - 10:57 pm

Forgot #brillblogposts!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 5, 2016 - 7:12 pm

Tree climbing is fab for their brain development according to the experts – even if it is a bit hairy for us Mums sometimes 🙂

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Sarah | Digital Motherhood July 1, 2016 - 10:07 pm

That’s brilliant, I didn’t think there was much thought behind climbing a tree! #BrillBlogPosts

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 2, 2016 - 5:18 pm

It really is amazing how kids work things out isn’t it?

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MyCityMyLondon July 1, 2016 - 12:00 am

hehe! throwback to when i was a kid! I miss those days

http://www.mycitymylondon.me

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 2, 2016 - 5:15 pm

me too – everything was much simpler back then 🙂

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Charlene June 30, 2016 - 10:00 pm

This is amazing – so many fabulous life skills! I think I should climb a few trees 🙂 #brillblogposts

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Sarah - Craft Invaders July 2, 2016 - 5:14 pm

lol, me too Charlene 🙂

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Leandra June 28, 2016 - 4:26 pm

Great post! Love your ‘outdoor’ classroom xx

Thanks for joining us for #letslearn I hope to see you next week. X

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 30, 2016 - 1:38 pm

Thank you, and we’d love to link up again 🙂

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Jenny - Monkey and Mouse June 25, 2016 - 9:05 pm

That’s a really interesting way to think about how climbing trees work and I guess you can apply this to a variety of kids play ideas. A fantastic insight into kids play. Thanks so much for linking up to #Whatevertheweather x

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 30, 2016 - 1:18 pm

I’m sure you’re right Jenny, Kids can be really logical (when they choose!). Thanks for having us x

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the frenchie mummy June 25, 2016 - 4:41 pm

You’re so true! It reminds me of climbing trees when I was myself a kid.

#Whatevertheweather

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 30, 2016 - 1:16 pm

It’s amazing how they think isn’t it 🙂

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Laura June 25, 2016 - 10:04 am

What a fresh way of looking at such a simple activity, love this #letslearn

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 25, 2016 - 12:38 pm

Isn’t it Laura, makes you realise how important play really is for kids. I read a really interesting article about the purpose of den building – that was a fascinating insight into kid’s thought processes too!

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Catherine June 24, 2016 - 6:48 pm

I think this explains why I’ve always been completely rubbish at climbing trees! #whatevertheweather

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 25, 2016 - 12:33 pm

I cant say I remember climbing trees that much as a kid, although I do remember climbing on to a lot of shed roofs, which I guess fulfilled the same need 🙂

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Sam - Travelling With Our Kids June 24, 2016 - 12:32 pm

Never thought about it like that. You can learn so much from children! #whatevertheweather

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 25, 2016 - 12:32 pm

We forget what its like to be learning and developing all the time, no wonder its more fun being a kid!

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Leandra June 23, 2016 - 3:49 pm

Love this. Something so simple that we take for granted is such a fantastic learning experience #whatevertheweather

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 25, 2016 - 12:31 pm

It really puts kids learning into perspective doesn’t it – they need to be out trying and doing things 🙂

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clare June 23, 2016 - 8:09 am

Brilliant! Climbing trees is a life skill 🙂

Clare x

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 25, 2016 - 12:29 pm

It really is! Thanks for visiting us, Claire 🙂

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Sarah June 22, 2016 - 10:28 am

My kids love to climb trees too. I think it’s great to be outdoors as much as possible and do the things that we all enjoyed when we were kids. Sarah #WHateverTheWeather

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 25, 2016 - 12:23 pm

It’s lovely isn’t it watching the kids enjoy the same things we did – really reminds you about the joy of simple things 🙂

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Chloe June 22, 2016 - 9:22 am

It’s so interesting putting it into this model. I think a lot of things are children do can be put into this. I used to love climbing trees, and can’t wait till Evie is old enough to start exploring them.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 25, 2016 - 12:22 pm

I agree Chloe, makes you wonder why adults sometimes struggle with these models when children embrace them so naturally 🙂

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Cal at Family Makes June 21, 2016 - 10:16 pm

Calling back again from #CountryKids, and still loving this post!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 25, 2016 - 12:21 pm

Thanks Cal, glad you love it 🙂

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Let kids be kids June 21, 2016 - 10:35 am

Love it! So true, we could learn so much from our children. Climbing trees can teaches loads more than we realise. They have explained it brilliantly too! #CountryKids

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 21, 2016 - 8:11 pm

It’s fascinating isn’t it? They have so much more purpose behind what they are doing then we realise 🙂

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Kellie June 21, 2016 - 4:51 am

I never thought of it like that. Thanks.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 21, 2016 - 8:10 pm

I read a really interesting article about the psychology behind den building the other day Kellie – it seems the is so much more behind kids play than we realise – it’s fascinating 🙂

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jolene June 20, 2016 - 10:25 am

wow.. my brother was always found in the biggest tree when we were growing up.. now he did break his leg once and arm once falling.. but would always be found climbing.. i love your tree climbing approach x

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 21, 2016 - 8:04 pm

Thanks Jolene, sounds like your brother must have given you all a few hairy moments 🙂

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Kerry Norris June 20, 2016 - 8:50 am

What a fab post. I always underestimate how much my children know and how their little minds work x

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 21, 2016 - 8:03 pm

I’m always astonished at what mine know – kids really do have amazing brains 🙂

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Fashion and Style Police June 20, 2016 - 7:53 am

I have never climbed a tree before so I never thought about these things. I wonder if my kids will be interested in climbing trees. They do a lot of climbing these days and they are still toddlers.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 21, 2016 - 8:01 pm

Most the kids I know seem to, given the chance – sounds like yours are already practising 🙂

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Anna June 19, 2016 - 8:02 pm

Love this post! I saw a do not climb the tree sign on a perfect climbing tree today. So many H&S rules. Good to see children enjoying risky play. #CountryKids

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 21, 2016 - 7:59 pm

Thanks Anna. Such a shame to see a sign like that, bet the person who had it put up has never even climbed one!

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Yvonne June 19, 2016 - 8:25 am

I had never really thought about this before, but you are right. It is incredible the way there brains work, training them for adult life xx

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 19, 2016 - 2:53 pm

Have to admit I was amazed at how articulate the kids were explaining their actions. I suppose they are used to learning processes all the time, so just apply them naturally 🙂

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Merlinda Little (Glimmer of Hope) June 19, 2016 - 12:59 am

Im use to be scared from ghost before haha so I climbed tress and yes its like a base where no one can catch me. #countrykids

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 19, 2016 - 2:49 pm

Isn’t it interesting that we feel safe up trees – there’s something so special about them 🙂

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Cal at Family Makes June 18, 2016 - 8:19 pm

Just brilliant! Plus you can add strengthening & co-ordination, appreciating nature & beauty, use of imagination. … We could go on!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 19, 2016 - 2:48 pm

Definitely – natural play really is the best sort 🙂

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Tooting Mama June 18, 2016 - 7:16 pm

Some of our perfect park days are simply climbing trees. Simple pleasures but it truly shows you the power and imagination involved in play!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 19, 2016 - 2:46 pm

Absolutely, shows how important play really is 🙂

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Bear and Cardigan June 18, 2016 - 6:59 pm

That is the best explanation of APIE I have ever read! And I’ve read a few lol. I love the way they think although as a boring adult I would plan how to get down before I got up! #CountryKids

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 19, 2016 - 2:45 pm

I’m the same lol, too used to being a sensible adult now – wish I still thought like a kid!

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Becky @lakessinglemum June 18, 2016 - 2:31 pm

Wish my daughter would work it out she often gets stuck!!!

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 19, 2016 - 2:43 pm

Oh bless her – guess that shows she likes to push herself 🙂

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Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too June 18, 2016 - 11:38 am

It’s funny to see how children see things, sometimes so differently to the way we do but in principle it is just the same

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 19, 2016 - 2:42 pm

It’s fascinating isn’t it, Sarah. And it goes to show how important play is for them 🙂

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Lyndsey O'Halloran June 18, 2016 - 10:56 am

I love that they have this quite detailed plan about something so simple. I’ve not once climbed a tree and don’t think I’ll be starting any time soon.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 19, 2016 - 2:42 pm

Have to admit it’s been a while since I last climbed a tree – think I’d probably over analyse it now 🙂

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Lynda Appuhamy June 18, 2016 - 8:17 am

I Love this analysis. You have really identified why every child should be climbing a tree. They are always a feature of our walks and usually the highlight. Next time i shall be asking my son to tell me what he is doing & how he’s feeling Thank you for the inspiration. #countrykids

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 19, 2016 - 2:41 pm

Thank you for your kind comment Lynda. It’s lovely how kids are constantly learning while they are doing isn’t it 🙂

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Fiona Cambouropoulos June 18, 2016 - 12:59 am

We should turn to kids for our answers more often! I think if I asked mine they would say the same as yours and I love to watch them helping each other up a tree, it is definitely team work.

Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 19, 2016 - 2:38 pm

I agree Fiona – they say that kids are much better at thinking around problems compared to adults, I guess we get bogged down with habit and convention as we get older 🙂

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Lydia C. Lee June 18, 2016 - 12:21 am

Nice one. All those skills in a simple fun act.

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 19, 2016 - 2:36 pm

Makes you realise how important playing is for kids 🙂

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Gemma Nuttall June 16, 2016 - 2:26 pm

I love this!! It’s the simplest of things for kids to want to do but you never really stop and think about what’s happening in their brains as they’re doing it.
Truly brilliant as always.x

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Sarah - Craft Invaders June 17, 2016 - 4:12 pm

Thanks Gemma. I was actually planning a different post, but when they started telling me about it I thought it was fascinating – kid’s brains really are amazing 🙂

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