Today, kids are finding it easier to entertain themselves with technology than they can by playing outside. Because of this, children are staying inside even during the warm months. Get them to go outside with one or more of these 12 things that will make your yard the most fun.
1.Inspire Them to Climb
Get your kids outside by inspiring them to climb. You can do this with a tire climbing tower, a mini rock wall or a basic climbing structure.
2. Outdoor Fun with Sand and Water
Backyards are the perfect place for sand and water fun. Add things like PVC pipes, buckets and plastic tables to inspire your kids’ imaginations.
3. Art in the Backyard
Install an outdoor easel, giving your kids the perfect place to practice their drawing skills. If your kids are more musical, then consider making an outdoor xylophone from PVC pipe.
4. A Playhouse
If you have the space, then build an outdoor playhouse. This type of structure will not only keep your kids busy for hours, but it will also give them a space to call their own.
5. Put Up a Stage
Encourage creativity by putting up a stage in your backyard. With some wood and a few yards of red burlap, you can make a place where your kids can perform. To make their performances even more fun, order a few costumes from Model Me Kids.
6. Gravel Pit
Instead of a sandbox, why not add a kid-size gravel pit to your backyard. Pea gravel works great, and once you include wood planks for ramps and large stones, your kids will be in imagination heaven.
7. Boat Races
In the summer, kids love playing in and with water. So, make them a boat racetrack out of pool noodles. Just take a utility knife and cut a few pool noodles in half. Then, add water and a few small racing boats.
8. An Outdoor Kid Kitchen
If you have an old bookcase or cabinet, consider turning it into an outdoor play stove. Your kids can use it to make mud pies, grass sundaes and other nature-inspired treats. Equip their outdoor kitchen with kitchen utensils from thrift stores or local yard sales.
9. Save Fallen Trees
If a tree in your backyard dies, then don’t get rid of it. Instead, Houzz recommends keeping it as a play area. Let your kids use their imaginations to turn it into a boat, house or even a whale.
10. Attracting Teens
Teens can be tempted into the great outdoors with the lure of comfortable seating and a fire pit for roasting marshmallows and Starbursts. To turn your backyard into the ultimate hangout spot, add one of those blowup projector screens for fun movie nights.
11. Multilevel Play Spaces
Add a few topography challenges in your yard for your kids. This can be as easy as building up a section of your yard using soil or as intricate as adding a slide or a rock climbing wall that blends into your garden area.
12. Add a Kid-Friendly Garden
A kid-friendly garden is sure to make your yard more fun. When you allow your kids to nurture flowers, vegetables and plants, you’re making it possible for them to experience the joy of seeing things grow. It also teaches them responsibility and environmental pride.
We came across ideas one, two, three and four are from Frugal Fun 4 Boys and Girls.
Suggestions five, six, seven and eight were found at Parents.
Tips nine, 10, 11 and 12 were discovered at Houzz.