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Forest games for young and old: You have to know these 9 great forest games!

When it gets really warm outside in the summer months, normal playgrounds and sports fields often don't offer much shade. Nevertheless, children want to be kept busy when the holidays start. What initially looks like a challenge can become an interesting leisure activity that not only the little ones enjoy.

Schild Playground

When it gets really warm outside in the summer months, normal playgrounds and sports fields often don't offer much shade. Nevertheless, children want to be kept busy when the holidays start. What initially seems like a challenge can turn into an interesting leisure activity that not only the little ones enjoy.

The forest not only offers a pleasantly cool environment, muted light and soothing silence, but also appeals to all the senses with its scents, textures and sounds. For young and old, forest games are more than just a pastime. They are a way out of often highly artificial everyday routines and lead us back to nature. We would like to present some of the most beautiful forest games for children here.

Kind und Baum

1. Hiding in the forest
The classic in the outdoors version - because in the forest you can easily hide behind tree trunks. While one child counts to 15 or 20, the others hide - whoever is found last is the next seeker.

2. Forest Memory I
The memory game can be played in two versions. One of them is easy to arrange spontaneously by collecting leaves, chestnuts, branches of characteristic trees and plants and covering them with a cloth. The cloth is lifted for a minute so that the children can memorize what is on the forest floor. The aim is then to find as many of the objects seen as possible yourself. Whoever finds the greatest number in agreement wins.

3. Forest Memory II
A little more preparation is required for this variant - here you have to take photos of trees, bushes or other natural elements, such as stone formations, in the forest the day before . Using the photos, the children – and adult participants – should now identify and locate what is depicted. A great game to get to know the forest better and learn about the plants in the forest.

Kinder im Wald

4. Parcours in the forest
Another activity that can be implemented with just a few “ingredients”. All you have to do is stretch a strong cord from tree to tree - the longer the better. The children have to feel their way along this “guide” blindfolded. The uneven forest floor is a real challenge, but the difficulty should be tailored to the age so as not to overwhelm the little ones.

5. Branch puzzles
Exciting and educational, especially for smaller children, is this forest puzzle, for which branches of various trees and bushes are simply cut into three or four pieces. Now the children have to put the original branches back together - and recognize the tree that belongs to them.

6. Forest pictures
What the forest has to offer can be used creatively. With branches or twigs picture frames can be placed on the forest floor, which can now be filled: with colorful leaves, beautiful stones, acorns and hazelnuts, but also bird feathers. The main thing is that you like the finished picture! Several children can also join in and create together, and of course a photo of the total work of art is included.

Steine und Holz als Kunst

7. Connecting Leaves
This leaf game is very simple, for which you simply have to tear a collection of different types of leaves into two halves. As a first step, the children should put the halves back together - and then find out which tree the leaf belongs to.

8. Recognize forest voices
The forest is not nearly as quiet as it seems. When children sit and listen with their eyes closed, they can pay attention to different sounds: the wind in the leaves, the murmuring of streams, the sounds of birds. The simple game is also a simple mindfulness exercise that even adults can take part in.

9. What am I? in the forest
The popular guessing game “What am I?” can also be played in the forest. Each child receives a sign taped to their back naming a plant or animal. As the questions progress, each participant has to find out from the others who or what he/she is - but the other children are only allowed to answer yes or no. A fun and entertaining game that not only delights small children.

Sohn und Mutter beim Wandern

Hiking and learning in the forest
Of course you can also easily integrate games and activities into a hike and take various varied, exciting breaks, all of which to have something. With the Hiking Companion as an eBook children and adults can experience nature from new perspectives.

And also outdoor lessons or in the forest is being recommended or encouraged by more and more educators, kindergartens and schools. The subject-specific or interdisciplinary lessons “on site” not only teach the youngest children to love and respect nature, but also strengthen important skills such as creativity, communication and teamwork.
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