Creating A Playground in Your Back Yard
Kids love a day at the playground so imagine the look on their faces if you surprised them with a new playground in your very back yard. All you need is an adequate amount of space, a free day on the weekend and whatever pieces of fun equipment that fits your budget. Check out retailers like Tesco for swings, slides, and climbing frames at reasonable prices, staples of any traditional play park, but you can also push the boat out with wackier ideas. Take a look at these before setting to work.
- Tree house
If you’re lucky enough the have a sturdy tree in the garden, put your DIY skills to the test by building a tree house. You’ll need some good quality planks of decking wood, a power drill, lots of strong outdoor nails, a saw and branch logs for the steps. Then of course it will need to be decorated with a rug and some pillows! A lot of work will go into making a treehouse but it will be totally worth it. You might even be able to escape up there yourself for a quiet afternoon with a good book.
- Sand pit
For those days when it’s not quite hot enough for a trip to the beach, the kids can play in a homemade sandpit. Measure a square in the garden and begin to dig it out to your preferred depth. Lay down landscaping fabric and staple to the ground. Pour in bags of sand, which are available to buy at most garden and hardware centres. Border the pit with some wooden decking pieces, sand and varnish for safety. You can also add a paddling pool to imitate the sea!
Whether you choose a hanging tree swing or buy one as part of a climbing frame, there are lots of choices to suit your garden. One idea is to make a tyre swing! You’ll – obviously – need a tyre as well as three pieces of one-inch thick chain (each 4.5 foot long), three two-inch bolts and twist roly rope. Use a drill, wench and ladder to put the tyre swing together. You can find guides on how to do this online.
- Chalkboard area
If you already have a decking or patio area, you can make it more interactive for the kids by creating an easy-to-make chalk board area. Get a large sheet of wood, sand it and apply some chalk board paint, which you can pick up at the hardware store. Drill it onto a fence or simply store it in the shed and bring it out when the kids want to have a drawing session.
The possibilities are endless when it comes to adding fun factors to the garden. Once the kids are entertained you can sit back on the sun lounger while you keep an eye on them and top up that tan.