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What kids are really doing when they climb trees.

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 - you are watching the fudaments of management theory at work!

 

" 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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  • Reply Coral

    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!

    July 3, 2016 at 10:57 pm
    • Reply Coral

      Forgot #brillblogposts!

      July 3, 2016 at 10:57 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

      July 5, 2016 at 7:12 pm
  • Reply Sarah | Digital Motherhood

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

    July 1, 2016 at 10:07 pm
  • Reply MyCityMyLondon

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

    http://www.mycitymylondon.me

    July 1, 2016 at 12:00 am
  • Reply Charlene

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

    June 30, 2016 at 10:00 pm
  • Reply Leandra

    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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    June 28, 2016 at 4:26 pm
  • Reply Jenny - Monkey and Mouse

    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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    June 25, 2016 at 9:05 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

      June 30, 2016 at 1:18 pm
  • Reply the frenchie mummy

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

    #Whatevertheweather

    June 25, 2016 at 4:41 pm
  • Reply Laura

    What a fresh way of looking at such a simple activity, love this #letslearn
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    June 25, 2016 at 10:04 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      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!

      June 25, 2016 at 12:38 pm
  • Reply Catherine

    I think this explains why I’ve always been completely rubbish at climbing trees! #whatevertheweather
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    June 24, 2016 at 6:48 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      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 🙂

      June 25, 2016 at 12:33 pm
  • Reply Sam - Travelling With Our Kids

    Never thought about it like that. You can learn so much from children! #whatevertheweather
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    June 24, 2016 at 12:32 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

      June 25, 2016 at 12:32 pm
  • Reply Leandra

    Love this. Something so simple that we take for granted is such a fantastic learning experience #whatevertheweather
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    June 23, 2016 at 3:49 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

      June 25, 2016 at 12:31 pm
  • Reply clare

    Brilliant! Climbing trees is a life skill 🙂

    Clare x

    June 23, 2016 at 8:09 am
  • Reply Sarah

    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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    June 22, 2016 at 10:28 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

      June 25, 2016 at 12:23 pm
  • Reply Chloe

    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.

    June 22, 2016 at 9:22 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

      June 25, 2016 at 12:22 pm
  • Reply Cal at Family Makes

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

    June 21, 2016 at 10:16 pm
  • Reply Let kids be kids

    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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    June 21, 2016 at 10:35 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

      June 21, 2016 at 8:11 pm
  • Reply Kellie

    I never thought of it like that. Thanks.
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    June 21, 2016 at 4:51 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      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 🙂

      June 21, 2016 at 8:10 pm
  • Reply jolene

    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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    June 20, 2016 at 10:25 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

      June 21, 2016 at 8:04 pm
  • Reply Kerry Norris

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

    June 20, 2016 at 8:50 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

      June 21, 2016 at 8:03 pm
  • Reply Fashion and Style Police

    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.

    June 20, 2016 at 7:53 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

      June 21, 2016 at 8:01 pm
  • Reply Anna

    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

    June 19, 2016 at 8:02 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

      June 21, 2016 at 7:59 pm
  • Reply Yvonne

    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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    June 19, 2016 at 8:25 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      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 🙂

      June 19, 2016 at 2:53 pm
  • Reply Merlinda Little (Glimmer of Hope)

    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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    June 19, 2016 at 12:59 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

      June 19, 2016 at 2:49 pm
  • Reply Cal at Family Makes

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

    June 18, 2016 at 8:19 pm
  • Reply Tooting Mama

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

    June 18, 2016 at 7:16 pm
  • Reply Bear and Cardigan

    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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    June 18, 2016 at 6:59 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

      June 19, 2016 at 2:45 pm
  • Reply Becky @lakessinglemum

    Wish my daughter would work it out she often gets stuck!!!
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    June 18, 2016 at 2:31 pm
  • Reply Sarah | Boo Roo and Tigger Too

    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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    June 18, 2016 at 11:38 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

      June 19, 2016 at 2:42 pm
  • Reply Lyndsey O'Halloran

    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.

    June 18, 2016 at 10:56 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

      June 19, 2016 at 2:42 pm
  • Reply Lynda Appuhamy

    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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    June 18, 2016 at 8:17 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

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

      June 19, 2016 at 2:41 pm
  • Reply Fiona Cambouropoulos

    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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    June 18, 2016 at 12:59 am
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      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 🙂

      June 19, 2016 at 2:38 pm
  • Reply Lydia C. Lee

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

    June 18, 2016 at 12:21 am
  • Reply Gemma Nuttall

    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

    June 16, 2016 at 2:26 pm
    • Reply Sarah - Craft Invaders

      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 🙂

      June 17, 2016 at 4:12 pm

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