Look no further for creative ways to make the backyard a place your kids will love to spend time in. These ideas for sprucing up their play space will keep them active and entertained there which is key in San Diego where it’s possible to enjoy the outdoors almost every day of the year.
1. Incorporate Natural Elements —
2. Use Playground Tiles —
3. Create a Custom Zip Line —
4. Keep the Kids in View —
These clever homeowners oriented chairs for prime socializing and viewing of the kids while they play on the nearby structure. Not to mention, the wide band of grass provides ample space to somersaults and toddling. A set up like this gives parents peace of mind and the kids freedom to explore on their own.
5. Chalkboard Walls —
6. Maximize Space —
Have a small backyard? These homeowners went vertical with a minimalist swing set that can be removed once the kids are done with it. The swings are also high enough for littles and pets to play on the grassy area underneath. Plus, let’s face it, this is a cool-looking swing set.
7. Build a Treehouse —
A treehouse is the quintessential symbol of a kid-friendly backyard. Not only does it give kids a place to play with friends as well as boost fine and gross motor skills through climbing and imaginative play, experts suggest that treehouses teach kids a balanced approach to risk.
Modern society’s sensitivity to risk (and lack of mature trees in suburban communities) is perhaps why we don’t see many of them in backyards these days, but there are many professionals who specialize in treehouses that pay special attention to safety as well as maintaining the natural growing habit of the tree.
8. Natural Playscapes —
Experts suggest that kids play longer and stay more engaged in natural playscapes that resemble the great outdoors. A simple patch of sand bordered by loose, stable rock is one of the easiest ways to achieve this. Sawed-off tree stumps for kids to navigate, logs to use as balance beams and even simple sticks to draw in the dirt are very easy ways to keep the kids busy in the backyard.
9. Repurpose Household Items —
This clever homeowner used leftover pallets to create a cool-looking kid-sized table. Take inventory of existing materials around the house and see what your imagination can develop. Even better, involve the kids in the project and they’ll appreciate it even more.
10. Build a Climbing Wall —
11. Light it all up —
12. Install a Splash Pad —
If a splash pad sounds complicated, kits make it a reality though it’s best to have a professional install it. The water is usually absorbed back through the pad and recirculated–UV light sanitizers and chlorine kill bacteria.
13. Keep it Simple —
14. Build Some Shade —
15. Create Temporary Fun —
How do you make your backyard kid-friendly?