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Forest Gym

Forest Gym

What You’ll Need:

  • Forest / Woodland Area
  • Logs, Branches, Trees etc.
  • Pine Cones

Getting into the Activity

Turn a forest or woodland into a fitness gym, helping you to keep fit and active.

For this activity you’ll need to have access to a forest / woodland area or somewhere with plenty of trees to use as gym equipment. Some of the below could be adapted to parks or green spaces too.

Create fitness activities using the surrounding you have. These could be created beforehand for children to take part in, or children could be challenged to create their own. Use some / all of the below exercises to form a forest gym.

Balance Beam – Use a fallen tree or big log as a balance beam. Can the children go from one end to the other without falling off? Please check the equipment you are using is safe and no more than a couple of feet of the ground.

Step ups – Use a tree stump or something similar as a step up box. How many step ups can you do in 30 seconds?

Pine Cone Collect – Lay out 8 pine cones in a straight line, with about a metre between each one. On go, a child can run out to the pine cones, collect one and bring it back. Continue with the other 7 pine cones, collecting one at a time. Who can complete this fitness challenge in the quickest amount of time?

Log Weights – Use small logs as weights. (These must be an appropriate weight for the age group. This activity is about having fun, rather than lifting heavy objects). Starting on the ground, children should lift them up and hold them up in the air, before gently bringing them back to the ground. How quickly can you do 10 times?

Create Your Own – Challenge the group to come up with their own fitness activity based on their surroundings. What parts of the forest, tree or natural objects can they use to keep them fit?

Keeping Everyone Safe 

  • Activity MUST be supervised by a leader or parent/carer at ALL times.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST assess risk before taking part.
  • A leader or parent/carer MUST ensure that current Government guidelines are followed at all times (including social distancing, travel etc).
  • Shared equipment should be kept to a minimum and everyone should sanitise their hands before and after the activity.
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