Creative Ways to Encourage Exercise Amongst Key Stage One & Key Stage Two Pupils

Creative ways to encourage exercise amongst Key Stage One and Two Pupils. | Children's Fitness Ideas | Sunshine Gym

Young children can often get the full amount of exercise which they need from engaging in physical outdoor play. However, there is no harm in encouraging these children to use equipment which is specifically designed for exercise.

Our ‘Children’s’ Outdoor Fitness Equipment’ is specially designed exercise equipment which is to be used by children under 140cm in height.

This includes children who are in KS1 and KS2. These children range from age 4-11. The older children in this range will more than likely enjoy the idea of these exercise machines, without any further encouragement.

However, the younger children might need you to come up with fun and interesting activities that can be used alongside the equipment, helping to ensure that they remain attentive during their ‘workout.’

Here at Sunshine Gym, we believe that the younger you introduce exercise the better the outlook. Children who engage in regular exercise from a young age are much more likely to carry on as they transition into adulthood.

Therefore we have come up with a list of fun and creative ways in which teachers can encourage younger children to enjoy exercise using our outdoor fitness machines!

Nursery Rhyme Fitness…

Children can enjoy exercise in brand new inventive ways with what we are calling ‘Nursery Rhyme Fitness …’

Our vast product range includes plenty of interesting machines which can be manipulated to fit a specific nursery rhyme.

By working out to a ‘Nursery Rhyme’ you can help children to keep a steady rhythm. As well as encouraging different paces and actions dependant on the rhyme chosen.

Having the children sing nursery rhymes whilst exercising will not only enhance their fitness skills, but they are also improving their literacy skills too… this is a massive bonus.

So why not try out some of these great ideas which we have listed below:

“Row Row Row Your Boat”

Our first Nursery Rhyme is Row Row Row Your Boat.

Children can sing this well-known nursery rhyme whilst using our Children’s Rower.

The action of the machine mimics the actions which would be performed in the song. And with a just a little imagination added, children can pretend they are really on a boat!

Now we all know how the song goes…

…But there are a few different options which you could choose when it comes to making this exercise fun!

Option one:Childrens Fitness Ideas | Sunshine Gym

This involves singing the original version of the song but increasing the pace.

The children and staff should start off by singing the song nice and slowly.

“Row, row, row your boat,

Gently down the stream,

Merrily merrily merrily merrily,

Life is but a dream”

Then once you have gone through it once nice and slow, the second time you should pick up the pace a little.

Children will then copy the pace of the song in their actions, increasing both the fun and the intensity of the workout making this a fabulous idea for little ones.

** Be careful not to go too quick, keep movements swift but safe**

Option two:

This focuses less on the workout side and more on the fun factor!

We all know how the original song goes, but why not mix things up a little by adding in some animals.

Children will have no end of fun screaming when they ‘see’ a crocodile!

“Row, row, row your boat,

Gently down the stream.

If you see a crocodile,

Don’t forget to scream”


“Horsey Horsey”

Young children often love play acting, especially when it comes to animals. This is why we just had to suggest this next rhyme. Horsey Horsey has a great rhythm making it perfect for children to exercise to, and with use of the Children’s Horse Rider, this makes it even more possible!

The Children’s Horse Rider simulates the motion of riding a horse.

This means that children can either pretend that they are riding the horse, or that they are the horse.

Staff can have lots of fun with this one. They can speed up or slow down the rhythm of the song. Start off slowly to give them a warm-up, and then gradually increase the pace!

Children who are not using the machine can make sound effects such as ‘clip-clop’ or ‘neigh’ this will get the whole class involved whilst they wait patiently for their turn.

Children will love this activity, and they won’t even realise the benefits of the activity they are performing.

“Horsey, horsey don’t you stop

Just let your feet go clipity clop,

Your tail goes swish and your wheels go round,

Giddy up, we’re homeward bound”



“Jack and the Beanstalk.”

Jack and the Beanstalk is often not seen as a nursery rhyme and more of a fairy tale, however, there are some people who have put the giant’s little rhyme to a tune making it the perfect piece to put with the use of the Children’s Sky Stepper.

The Sky Stepper looks a lot like the adult gym piece the Cross Trainer, but the light movements can often make the user feel as though they are walking on air…

This is great when it comes to Jack and the Beanstalk! The user can be referred to as ‘Jack’ and he should walk through the clouds to the giant’s castle.

The teacher can encourage the user to use slow motions on the machine when ‘Jack’ is creeping up to the castle. Then they should quicken up the pace as they sing the Giant’s rhyme…

This will create the illusion that they are running away from the scary giant.

**Remember to still use a sensible pace and never try to ‘run’ on the machines**

Staff can even suggest that they were caught and next time they need to go quicker. This way you can encourage children to have an intense workout, whilst having lots of fun!


 I smell the blood of an Englishman!

Be he alive or be he dead,

I’ll grind his bones to make my bread”


“Walking Through the Jungle”

Our final idea for a nursery rhyme workout is singing Walking through the Jungle whilst children use the Children’s Health Walker.

This piece allows children to walk in a stationary position at their own pace, meaning that there is no pressure from the other children around them.

Walking through the Jungle is a great rhyme to encourage children to walk to. Each verse contains a different animal which you can incorporate into the workout…

“Walking through the jungle,

What did I see?

A big lion roaring

At me, me, me!”

The first animal which the children will come across is a lion, children can approach the lion slowly – using slow motions on the health walker.

Then once they get to the lion their classmates or even the teacher can let out a loud “Roarrr” the children can then be encouraged to pick up the pace to speed away from the lion! A great way to encourage children to use both faster and slower motions when working out.

The second animal which the children will come across is the Monkey…

Children can be encouraged to use longer and shorter strides in order to demonstrate the difference in size between the ‘Mummy, Daddy and Baby’ monkey!

** Just ensure that children do not overstretch themselves when performing these moves**

“Walking through the jungle,

What did I see?

A baby monkey laughing

At me, me, me!”

The final animal which the children will come across is the Snake! This one is quite a fun one as snakes come with plenty of noises. Teachers can ‘Hsssssss’ when the snake is coming as an indication that the child should speed up. They should carry on walking at a normal pace when the snake is not around…

“Walking through the jungle,

What did I see?

A slippery snake hissing

At me, me, me!”



Children will love to try out these fun workouts using our great pieces of equipment! Each individual piece has its own list of benefits and by merging the health and fitness benefits with the enjoyment which comes from imaginative play you can create a truly magical experience for these young children.

You can even further enhance the area with the use of playground equipment too from our partners over at Hand Made Places.

By mixing up both outdoor gym equipment and these great rhyme based games you can create an outdoor fitness area which focuses on fitness, fun and learning for all!

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