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Sitting/Balance Log

Sitting/Balance Log
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Brand: Natural Playgrounds Company
Toxicity: All Natural
Age Appropriateness: all ages
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Sitting logs are unusually wonderful assets on natural playgrounds.

Rarely does a child get to see a tree up close, so here they get to feel the texture of the bark, see branch structure, investigate growth rings, sit on various parts of the tree, and appreciate one of nature's most beautiful creations.

These Sitting Logs are unbelievably versatile play elements and should definitely be part of your basic play inventory. Sitting logs, or "fallen trees" can have many uses. They can be used for many activities, so if you're looking for a discovery-oriented activity, let the children explore a Real log.

These are great for use in outdoor classroom settings, as they can easily be set 6’ apart. We can even cut them in half for you, so that each child has their own sitting log.

We carefully trim branches to make these real logs are safe, and we round trunk and branch ends so they're not dangerous. Although these logs are on the ground (ground-based play!) and therefore don't need fall zones, there may occasionally be an unusual circumstance where a fall zone may be necessary.

Sitting Logs are designed to sit on top of the ground or be partially buried in the ground, and are typically greater than 10" diameter. The trees are of enough weight that when buried properly, they won't roll or move around the site.

However, if you want to make sure your log stays in place and can’t be rolled by the most enthusiastic kids, we can drill holes in both ends and provide rebar rods that go into the earth and hold the log in place.

A NOTE about the next life of this log: These logs were once part of real, live trees cut during a thinning operation designed to give more room so other tree could grow faster.

Because these logs are no longer alive, they are now subject to the slow and wonderful process of natural decomposition, which is characterized by the arrival of a particular sequence of harmless insect and fungus species. These help the wood to decompose, thus serving as a “savings account” of nutrients and organic material for the soil.

Wood may take decades to decay completely, during which time the community structure of insects and fungi change as members undergo complex interactions with each other.

Use this natural process as an opportunity to teach your children about the benefits of decomposition and how beautifully nature takes care of itself!

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