Climbing Bugs

Grade level: K-6


Equipment: Small, laminated paper bugs

Objective: footwork, developing the habit of looking for footholds

Description: Place laminated paper “bugs” on certain parts of many holds. Students must contact with their hands or feet only the particular part of the hold to avoid the bug! You can reverse this activity by taping the bugs onto footholds and telling the students they must step only on the particular part of the foothold to squash the bug.

Rules/Safety/Accommodations: Students should follow basic climbing wall rules. For special needs students, you may put bugs on lower level holds and allow them to walk on the mats and reach for and grasp holds without touching the bugs, or have them reach and take the bug. For students in wheelchairs, pull mats away from the wall and allow them to move the chair forward by grabbing handholds and pulling themselves along the wall searching for bugs.

Facilitation/Reflection Questions:

1. What was difficult about this activity?
2. Name a feeling you experienced on the wall today.
3. Tell us about the feeling and if it helped you to climb better or worse.
4. Complete this sentence: I really enjoyed today’s activity because…

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