SLACKLINING WITH THE KIDS : OBSERVATIONS

It’s August 2012, and right now I am up in the midlands of the UK, working with TriSlacklining.com – basically I help take the slacklining experience to kids of all ages, all over the place. And here are some of the things I have noticed:

  • Fear as conceptual
    It seems to be that a child’s concept of fear determines their actions. If a child has a preconceived belief that the slackline is scary, then they act accordingly. If it’s a new toy to play on, then they play. At even younger ages (4-7) it seems that primal factors such as height, are also subjected to being coneptualised as either scary or fun. There is no evidence to suggest that putting every child on a higher slackline will yield a result where they are all as scared as each other. Some of the kids shit themselves. Some of them love it.
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