As children grow up, it becomes easier to make one of their dreams come true; having a backyard to play in. But what can you do to make your yard heaven-like for your children? Here are some tips to help you.
1. Get ideas online
There are thousands of websites that can help you get ideas for your backyard. The easiest way to go about this is by using Google or another search engine. Don’t forget to take a look at some outdoor magazines as well, since they are great resources for landscaping ideas. If you are looking for waterslides, dry slides, dunk tanks, or such, check this link and see which one works best. Think about what would your kids want so that you can create a backyard paradise that everyone will enjoy.
2. Ask your children for suggestions
Your children will know more than you think when it comes to what they would like to see outside their windows. Since they spend a lot of time playing outdoors or even just looking out the window at the birds and bugs, getting them involved with landscaping is an excellent idea. Give them some graph paper and crayons; then ask them to draw up a few ideas of how they would like their outdoor play space to look. Perhaps they will even get more creative and sketch out a water slide or make-believe junkyard. A great idea is to get them involved in picking out some perennials (plants that come back every year). Another thing you could do is get them to help pick out some seed packets from your local garden center for flowers or vegetables that they might like.
3. Build a sandbox (with the help of your kids, of course)
Since most children would rather play with sand than dirt, having a sandbox in your backyard is an excellent idea. If you’re not very crafty and don’t like the idea of struggling to step stools and heavy bags around, consider hiring someone to build one for you. You can still get some ideas by searching online or through magazines; then simply use that as a template for what you want to be done. Another idea is to ask your children if they would like one shaped like Mickey Mouse or another cartoon character. This might be a fun project for them as long as they are supervised while working with wood and tools.
4. Install a water fountain
Children love the sound of running, splashing, and trickling water. A great way to get them excited about going outside is by putting in a small tabletop or even a low-lying pond in your backyard. This can add charm to your yard as well as giving you an area where you can sit down and relax when you need some time away from work or household chores. Visit your local garden center for options; they usually have urn fountains, birdbaths, and bubbling rock gardens. Since children might be tempted to play in the water, make sure they know it is strictly for looking at and not allowed to touch. You could even put some fish in the water and add a few marbles for stepping stones so that they can look at it from all angles.
5. Build a small garden or grow vegetables together in an old container
Another great idea is to put your own little vegetable garden in your backyard. If you’re not very experienced in gardening, another good idea would be to get some started from seed packets from your local home improvement stores and plant them together with your children. Once they get growing, show them how they work and how food is grown from seeds — this may even spark an interest later on when they get older about taking care of plants and flowers! This is also a great way to teach your kids about responsibility when it comes to taking care of the garden.
Why is the yard an important space for kids?
Having a safe, fun outdoor space for children to play in is an important aspect of their development. Children who are restricted to only playing inside might become lazy or timid; they need to be able to get out and stretch their legs once in a while instead of sticking figurines up on dressers when they’re done playing. It’s also important when it comes to teaching children about outside life, such as how animals live in the wild and what plants grow from seeds versus those that are bought at the store.
There are so many ways to make your backyard fun and exciting for kids with just a bit of creativity. If you’re not into spending the money or time to do it yourself, consider hiring someone else that is more creative than you are. If you have any children, they would most likely love to get involved with making it happen!