Transforming an Ordinary Backyard into an Amazing Playground

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Child on a Swing

For kids, the best part of the summer is that they get to spend most of the day outdoors. Parents can do a lot to turn the backyard into a creative playground. These crafty DIY projects are easy to make, and whichever you choose, make sure to include some of the kids’ ideas.

Climbing wall

A safe and sturdy climbing wall is not just a great source of entertainment for kids, but can also give you a daily dose of exercise. This is one of the activities that you can do together. Still, in the beginning, it would be best to have a mattress on the ground.

Chalkboard wall

Although chalk drawings on the walkways are flushed with the first summer shower, not everyone is a fan. By setting up a few chalkboards on the backyard fence, you kids will have free space for their art.

Backyard tepee

Every kid loves building indoor tents from chairs, blankets and whatnot. Having an outdoor tepee-style tent in the backyard takes the adventure to a higher level. By helping you, they can learn camping skills like digging a rain moat and tying knots.

Hanging chairs

After a binge of running around and playing, kids need a place to relax and catch their breath. Ordinary chairs are boring, but hanging ones are a lot more fun. Hang several of them in the backyard and the whole family can use them for sharing precious moments.

Swing

In probably every kid’s opinion, a regular little swing is better than a hanging chair. They can be made in a number of ways, the simplest maybe the one from a modified old chair and sturdy hemp rope. You can even paint it a bold color to add a wow factor.

Child on Swing

Zip line

This is a perfect summer project as kids usually enjoy this kind of activity on holidays. The little commandos will love their private backyard zip line, as will their friends for sure. In no time, you’ll become the most popular parent. Just make sure the construction is safe.

Backyard beach fun

Playing in sand is a favorite summer pastime for many people. Unless your kids are lucky enough to live near a beach, they will be thrilled about this sandbox project. For added fun, you can even have a small pool. You can’t make sand castles without water, can you?

Treehouse

Without doubt, this is the king of backyard DIY projects. Not only is it a place where kids can play together, but it also a place for doing homework, studying and contemplating. As with the zip line, safety is paramount in this project, so if you already have a treehouse, make sure it is safe to use, and if not, build one.

Treehouse

Badminton court

Badminton is a great sport for kids. The high drag of a birdie makes it safe to play almost anywhere. Still, the game is very competitive and can get a bit intense if there are no clear lines on the ground to mark if the birdie is in or out. Use a durable line marking paint for the court because it is suitable for high foot traffic and also weather-resistant.

Badminton

Water features

Not every project in your backyard needs to be concerned with kids’ play. A small waterfall or spring can improve the décor of your garden, while the sound of water contributes to the relaxing atmosphere. In the meantime, the kids will find a way to have fun with it.

Hammock

Finally, when it comes to garden naps, nothing beats a good hammock. This is a perfect spot to doze off while watching kids at play. Creative as they are, kids will surely find many other uses for it too.

The best part is that most of these backyard projects are budget-friendly. One way or another, the amount of fun and happiness definitely justifies the cost and effort.

Playground

Author Bio: If one thing is true about Lillian Connors, her mind is utterly curious. That’s why she can’t resist the urge to embark on a myriad of green living/home improvement projects and spread the word about them. She cherishes the notion that sustainable housing and gardening will not only make us far less dependent on others regarding the dwellings we inhabit, but also contribute to our planet being a better place to live on. You can check her out on Twitter and LinkedIn.