Top 5 Cognitive Benefits of Climber Toys

Pretend play meets physical activity in our variety of kids’ climbers. With so many ways to play, climber toys keep kids interested (and outside) for hours! Plus, climbers are packed with many cognitive benefits for kids while they play. Read on to learn more about some cognitive benefits of climbers in our curated list!

1. Motor Skill Development

Climbers challenge gross and fine motor skills in a big way as kids climb and slide. Climbing activates both upper and lower body strength as kids pull themselves up onto the top platform. They’ll learn to balance and control their body as they go down the slide as well. Fine motor skills are also challenged through the gripping motion as little ones hold onto handles, platforms, and ladders.

Play Tip: The Step2 Naturally Playful Woodland Climber II™ has both rock-wall style sides and a ladder for multiple ways to climb.

2. Physical Activity

Climbers are designed as “back-and-forth” activity centers, meaning once a child goes down the slide or jumps off the platform, they need to run back to start the action all over again. This kind of play gets kids active and exercising without even knowing it! And, the excitement of being outside and running around a playset does a kid’s body good.

3. Critical Thinking

To make it to the top of the climber toy, kids work out where their hands and feet need to be placed to help push themselves up. This is especially challenging with a rock-wall style climber side, where there are many options for where to grip! Through repetition, kids will learn how to solve the problem and make it to the top all on their own – with parental supervision.

Play Tip: Rock climbing designs present many “routes” for kids to work through as they climb, like the Step2 Skyward Summit™ climber.

4. Social Skills

Climber toys are great for many kids to play together because of their open design. When kids play together, they communicate with each other as they take turns climbing and sliding! They also learn critical skills like patience while waiting for a friend to go down the slide, and taking turns when using a ladder or rock climber wall.

5. Imaginative Play

Getting outside to play breaks kids’ normal routines, letting them expand their imaginations and learn to improvise based on what a friend says or does. When they play together, kids build off of each other as they create stories and communicate them verbally, and even act the stories out as they go!

Play Tip: Jump start their creativity with a climber set like the Step2 Pirates Paradise Climber & Slide™.

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