Walk the Wall

Grade level: K-6

Equipment: Possibly rubber gym spots for the floor.

Objective: Introductory activity, Get to know the wall, get comfortable with the hand holds. 

Description: Have all of the participants line up parallel to the wall for a demonstration.  Demonstrate how to walk with your feet on the ground while holding onto hand holds along the way.  Use your body weight to show them how to change the position of their hands to accommodate for different moves and stretches, all while keeping their feet on the ground.  Start at one end of the wall and 'walk the wall' to the other end.  Have participants line up in a line and follow one another down the wall.

Variation #1:  After you have done the above starter activity, have half of the class start at one end and the other half start at the other end.  Then they have to figure out how to cross one another and accommodate other climbers on the wall.

Variation #2:  Another variation you can add to this activity would be to put gym spots down on the ground for the participants feet.  This increases the difficulty level of the activity slightly, as now the students must not only look for hand holds, but they must also watch their feet to see where to step next.

Rules/Safety/Accommodations: Students should follow basic climbing wall rules. 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 getting acquainted with the hand holds.

Facilitation/Reflection Questions:

1. How did it feel to Walk the Wall?
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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