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Robot games and downloads for climbing lessons aimed at 2-12 year olds. Towards the bottom of the post are printable "cruxbots", take home pages describing what kids learned, and a kids climbing poster about pinches.
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The crux is the most difficult move or sequence on any climb. To help kids identify and label the crux, I have each child climb a problem (follow the colored holds or tape) and tell me when they get to the tricky spot. I put duct tape on the back of a laminated cruxbot and tape it to the trouble spot. The climber comes down to look at the holds around the crux and make a plan to send (complete from start to finish) the problem.
I used these Sillybot robots, but you can really use any clipart or cutout. I've done Space rockets (blast through the crux), and Jungle crux monkeys using monkey cutouts from the dollar store and using marker to write "crux". I've also thought about using Super Hero bursts. Kids can use their super strength to power through the crux and their X-Ray vision to step back and find the best sequence.
Cruxy Robots Climbing Lesson Ideas
Vocab Words: Crux, preview, match
Skills: Route reading, perseverance, critical thinking
Wall Angle: Vertical
Hold Type: Pinch
Breath: Countdown to Calm (Power down breath)
Equipment: Laminated robots, Cruxbots, Eeboo Tell Me a Story Cards (Little Robot’s Mission), Learning Resources gears and base.
Rebecca & Sarah have been working with children for over a decade. You can find a compilation of ideas for the classroom, home, and athletic fields here.