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

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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