Toddlers like climbing from the tables, kitchen drawers to anything. A climbing wall is a fun way for them to get some exercise and build confidence as well. An indoor climbing space in your home is a great way to provide all of the benefits of climbing in a safe environment. Not to mention how great it would be to have a space like this for kids on days when the weather is crummy. Building a rock Climbing Wall for Toddlers indoors is a wonderful gift for active children. It develops character, confidence, and provides an outlet for pent-up energy during those cold rainy days. So, why not let them, literally, climb the walls! instead of knowing how to build a climbing wall for toddlers.
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How to Build a Climbing Wall for Toddlers
Indoor climbing spaces can be as easy as attaching climbing holds to a wall by their bed. Or, you can have an entire indoor climbing playset. Think about your kids’ ages and activity levels and go from there. Bigger kids will need a bigger space, but you may also be able to use space on ceilings and such.
1. Plan and sketch the climbing wall
Plan for the design, you can either use Google SketchUp, it’s a great program if you care to give it a try or you can use a pen and paper. While sketching your designs, keep in mind your kids’ ages, heights, and climbing skills. It’s best to start with building an easier level wall and add a more advanced addition to it later as their ability grows. Leave some room to build this expansion to your climbing wall.
The easiest and most popular location for toddlers climbing wall is against one of the outdoor sides of your garage wall. This way, you have a vertical structure already in place that is not being used otherwise. This method will also save you space in the backyard. You can choose to make the wall out of higher-grade hardwood plywood, but you could save a little going with something a bit rougher.
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2. Cut and attach the pieces of the climbing wall
To attach the pieces of the climbing wall start by marking the studs that they will attach to. I drew light lines with a pencil the full length of the wall to help ensure that I didn’t miss the stud. Make a box structure by placing four of the 2×4 boards together corner-to-corner. Secure them with your decking screws. Brace the inside of the box structure with the remaining 2×4’s, attaching one every 2 feet with more decking screws. Then simply secure each piece to the wall with 2 or 3 screws. It is a good idea to design your climbing so that it can be fairly easily detached and moved later if any repairs are needed.
Spacing depends upon the size of the kids climbing. Toddlers need more holds than older kids. They will have more fun if they can easily climb the wall. Use painters tape to layout your pattern. Start the first row about 8 inches off of where the floor mat will be. Put two holds 12 to 14 inches apart (measured dead center per hold). Then go up the wall adding tape every 8 to 10 inches up. Adjust a little and add some in the middle of the route every so often to give them more flexibility in the route they climb.
Once you are done with the tape grab your kids and test the layout with them. Hold them up as if they are standing on the first holds. Can they reach the handholds? If they can the spacing is correct. If not, adjust the tape.
3. Attach the climbing Wall
Secure your climbing wall frame to the side of the garage, and then cover with the two pieces of plywood. At this point, you have the option of having your kids paint designs on their climbing wall. This is a perfect way to get them involved and let them be creative. Be sure to select a paint type that is easy to clean up. Let your newly-painted climbing wall dry for at least 1 to 2 days.
4. Attach Handholds
Let your newly-painted climbing wall dry for at least 1 to 2 days. After the climbing wall is dry, attach the set of handholds at regular climbing intervals, according to their instructions. There are also novelty handholds available in different shapes that can add some variety to the climbing wall. A lot of them are available in bright colors so that your kids can easily see the next hold while climbing. It is recommended to get a set of starter climbing holds, as these have been found to be easier for smaller hands to grasp. Spacing depends upon the size of the kids climbing.
Toddlers need more holds than older kids. They will have more fun if they can easily climb the wall. Use painters tape to layout your pattern. Start the first row about 8 inches off of where the floor mat will be. Put two holds 12 to 14 inches apart (measured dead center per hold). Then go up the wall adding tape every 8 to 10 inches up. Adjust a little and add some in the middle of the route every so often to give them more flexibility in the route they climb.
Lastly, a rope is needed for safety and for when the handholds seem more difficult at first. Cut a length of cotton rope at least the same height as the wall and secure it near the top with a sturdy eye screw.
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How to Build a Rock Climbing Wall for Toddlers.
Gift your active toddler with a rock climbing wall, designed and made all by you! It’s simpler than you think, just follow the steps below;
Choose the best side of a 4 foot by 8 foot 3/4-inch plywood panel and use a tape measure and pencil to mark divisions on the board. Mark all four edges of the panel, 4 inches from the top and bottom, and 2 inches in from the sides. Snap chalk lines across these horizontal and vertical points.
Starting at the horizontal upper 4-inch line, divide the 8-foot sides into 8-inch segments, and snap chalk lines across the panel on these marks.
Mark points 6 inches in from the left side, and divide the top and bottom of the panel into five 8-inch segments starting at the left 6-inch line and ending at the right-hand 2-inch line. Form a grid by snapping chalk lines down the length of the panel across these points.
Boreholes with a 7/16-inch wood spade bit and drill/driver through the grid points on each odd row across the width, as follows: Drill the first hole through the point 6 inches in from the upper left. Drill the remaining five holes across the panel at 8-inch intervals, ending 2 inches from the right. Repeat by drilling holes through the remaining five odd rows the same way. Be sure to drill through from the good side.
Continue drilling through the even rows. Start the second row by drilling from left to right as follows: Begin with the first hole through the left-hand 2-inch mark. Drill the remaining five holes across the panel at 8-inch intervals, ending 6 inches from the right. Drill the remaining five even rows the same way. This gives you a staggered grid that provides a multitude of different mounting points for your climbing holds.