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Climbing and balancing

Toddlers love to test their newly acquired ability to run. Balancing on a tree trunk or walking on a garden wall means as much thrill to her as to climbing onto something that just makes her taller than she is.

Children have the natural tendency to climb, which sometimes surprises the unsuspecting parents. Lisa got the first clue to Peter's future as an athlete when she saw her one-year-old son pull himself up on the handles of the kitchen cabinets to climb onto the work surface. There he stood, content to eat chips and looking at the kitchen knives in the knife block when she found him. So the art is to think of climbing and balancing opportunities in which your child can practice safely and not into dangerous situations such as falling on stone steps.

Playground equipment that balances steps and ladders with slides and tree trunks - and offers soft sand or soft padding - is the perfect place for your child to practice their skills.

But you can fulfill this desire of your child also in the house: A small slide with only a few steps is well suited for this or you stack a few large cushions in the middle of the floor on top of each other, so that your child is "the greatest". You can also teach him songs about "up" and "down". (Do you remember "Laurentia, dear Laurentia my" or "Ringel Ringel rows"?)

If your child is an avid climber and balancer, then maybe he will like it during the children's gymnastics. But you can also set up a toboggan home by placing some soft pillows on the floor and putting up a few large sturdy cardboard boxes. If you put them in a row, they are a "bridge over the torrent", distribute them in space, they become "safe stones in the quicksand".

If they go for a walk together, let them do their "high-wire act" on a wall, take his hand if it seems too dangerous.

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