Are you eager to transform part of your backyard into a play area that your children will run around in? It’s a great idea to encourage your kids to spend more time outdoors engaging in physical activity rather than sitting in front of the TV or games console like a vegetable.
Perhaps you’re renovating or upgrading your backyard for the purposes of re-selling. Backyard kids attractions are always a winner with home buyers who are happy to pay extra for the novelty of a child’s play area.
The best part is – you don’t need a huge backyard to make a fun kids area. No matter the scale, you can create something fun that your kids will race out of bed to play with each weekend.
Let’s take a look at 4 great ideas for backyard kids areas.
Swings are a simple concept that is universally loved by children all around the world. You kids will happily spend hours swinging away on this inexpensive attraction that takes almost no time to prepare.
If you don’t have a strong tree from which to hang a tire swing, there are plenty of affordable swing sets that you can buy and set up. You could use the setting up as a fun opportunity to get your kids involved in building a project that they actually want to see completed quickly.
2: Fruit and vegetable garden
While you may be scratching your head at the thought of kids having fun with foods they routinely avoid, there’s actually very good reasons build them a fruit and veg garden. Children are naturally curious about the world around them and will be more interested in eating fruits and vegetables if they hand a hand in cultivating them.
This is also a great way to teach your children about basic agricultural principles and how to be respectful of their environment.
3: Cubby/tree house
Depending on how much effort you want to put into this option, it can be incredibly easy or a big home construction task. A small cubby house can easily be thrown together with some painted cardboard and some sticky tape while a more elaborate tree house will require some actual labouring.
Whatever you decide to go with, there are many benefits to creating a simulated 4 wall environment for kids to play house in. It allows them to explore the roles they see their parents and other adults carry out in their day-to-day lives and lets them understand basic concepts of ownership and residency.
A sandpit is another low-fi, yet incredibly effective outdoor activity space for children. All you need is 4 walls and some sand and you’ve got everything you need.
Sandpits are a great space for kids to take their toys (provided they don’t bury them) and are a good opportunity for them to learn about basic concepts of volume and measurement. There are plenty of fun digging tools that simulate bobcats and cranes that kids can play with, shifting sand from one pale to another.