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Kids and summer go together like hand and glove. It’s important that you give them a safe place to play that gives them options for a lot of variety and fun. So the challenge is how to make your backyard perfect for kids.
Consider a change
If you don’t want your kids to get messy in the backyard, you might consider laying down some artificial grass. It’s a fun, all-weathers alternative to natural grass which will stay green all year round – and you won’t have to worry about your kids slipping and sliding on it. Of course, it’s not the cheapest option. However, it’s worth looking at as an investment if you’re looking for a low-maintenance grass alternative for your garden as a whole.
Paving and decking are alternatives if you don’t want your kids to come home dirty. However, this isn’t as appropriate for play, as there’s a serious chance of them getting hurt – make sure you’re watching your kids if they’re playing on hard surfaces. However, if you want to give young ones a space to practice art, an area of paving can be perfect. Leave your kids free to experiment with paint, pencils, and crayons without worrying about cleaning the walls afterward. The best thing you can do is give your kids chalk to draw all over the outdoor surfaces – they’re cheap, colorful, and will wash off the next time it rains or if you pour a bucket of water over it at the end of the day. Kids love using their imaginations on the widest surface possible and it will almost certainly keep them entertained for hours.
Have some fun
If you have some space, some backyard play equipment is a great idea. Of course, it’s always best to buy some play equipment to be safe. Make sure that you’re getting it from a reputable retailer, particularly if it’s something which involves height such as a slide or a climbing frame. The same goes for if you’re buying it second-hand – often such items are very old and have been through a lot of wear and tear. Check for rust or broken parts before you buy or let your kids use it and be particularly aware concerning items being given away for free. This doesn’t mean that all second-hand items are necessarily dangerous – it might be in excellent condition, and you could give it a loving new home! – but it’s always best to check beforehand.
If you’re good at DIY and have the equipment, you could even build something yourself: but make sure that your skills are up to the job, and that your kids are old enough to use it safely. Even so, you will want an adult to supervise! But there’s nothing quite as rewarding for kids than having fun on a rope swing or even a zip line: it gets them outside and making the most of any good weather.
Save the animals
If you’re in an area which is suitable, you could give your kids a chance to experiment with nature. Try giving them a plot in which to grow their own flowers, fruits, and vegetables: there’s nothing quite so rewarding, and you might even get some yummy food! Sunflowers are an impressive flower which are sure to excite any passers-by.
You could also attract local wildlife into your garden (just beware accidentally providing food for any pets, particularly cats!) A homemade pond can attract frogs and toads, and you can keep fish in there if it’s big enough. If you don’t have space, put up a bird feeder or even a birdhouse. Food is particularly valuable for birds in the winter, and in the spring birdhouses are great in time for nesting season. It’s a great way to get birds up close and teach your kids how to engage with nature and help the local ecosystem at the same time.
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