At recess today, I took a gang of kids out to Tree Island - a favorite spot, too tangled and low for adults to enter. Hiding in special nooks under the low branches of old apple trees, making a fort, or a little room - that's what they love to do. Third grader, Coleman asked me if he could climb a tree. I said OK, "But not too high!"
I recently encountered a book on Amazon called Fifty Dangerous Things (You should let your children do)
So yes, kids, climbing trees is encouraged!
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