I’m not one to throw the “I’ve got 4 four kids” card out there (often), but I’ve got 4 kids… so when it comes to activities that free up a little time and keep the kids entertained so that you can finally drink a cup of tea (while it’s still hot) without having to untie a knot, wipe a nose or be a unicorn, I feel as if I’m a good place to come for advice. Or at least let you know what doesn’t work. I have pretty much tried it all.
The things that hold their very short attention the most are never the latest toy or spindadoodle thingy mabob that you spent half of last months pay check on. No. It’s generally that random unkept corner of the garden where they spend the most time pottering, imagining and just being kids.Nothing gives a Mom more joy than watching her little one exploring, learning – whilst she drinks her cup of tea.
Here are 18 Genius Backyard Play Areas to Inspire, Excite and Most Importantly, Keep your Child occupied.
1. Mix Nature and Play with the Gorgeous Sandpit Water Fall Garden
2. Giant Outdoor Backyard Blackboard
3. Fence Water Play
This really simple fence line water way uses a simple gutter that invites hours of play. Perfect for any sized backyard as it doesn’t take up any floor space. So Clever!
4.PVC Car Wash
Oh My Goodness! This brilliant PVC Car Wash is actually easy to make using PVC pipe and fittings you can get at any hardware store (I know because my husband is a plumber:)
You can Get Instructions and Blueprint on how to make here.
5. (Mini) Jurassic Park
How much fun would the kids have this one? Get a bag of cheap dollar store Dinosaurs and construct your own Mini Jurassic Park complete with ‘giant’ plants and roaming dinosaurs.
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6. (Almost) Free Pallet Playhouse
This charming, Pallet Kids Playhouse is entirely made from upcycled wooden pallets! This project will bring years imaginative play for your children and is almost FREE – just needing a little time and imagination and maybe some paint! This project needed about 4 to 5 pallets, depending on the sizes of pallets available and you can get complete instructions here.
7. Back Yard Race Track
This is a project that will be well worth the wet concrete and black paint! My boys and girls loved their racetrack. Loved it! Seriously, this was hours of entertainment and much appreciated time for me.
8. The Classic Tyre Swing
These simple contraptions are responsible for millions of hours of play. Millions I tell you. I remember having a blast on these when I was a kid and to this day, you can’t walk my kids past one of these without a fight over whose turn is next. Here are the instructions on how to get one of these beauties built in your garden.
9. Post and Tyre Safari
This is such a simple and Brilliant idea! Using a basic fence post and re purposed tire, you can create your very own wildlife park – complete with ride-able animals. Very Cool! You can see some more gorgeous designs here.
10. Hula Hoop Hide Out
I’m pretty sure even my Teenagers would love this little hoop and curtain hideout courtesy of the crafty Mom at AlannaGeorge.
11. Super Quick Beach Shack
One ingenious parent made a quick beach shack using garden screening and a pallet. I ant to give you credit for this (because I think you rock!) but I couldn’t find the link to the original source. If anyone finds it, please let me know.
12. Kiddie Slack Line
String a line between two trees or posts and … drum roll please …. hours of fun for kids and peace out time for Mom.
13. Create a Kids Vegetable Garden (or flower garden)
It’s fun and you get to see your kids learning at the same time. Every year each of my children get a little patch of earth to call their own. From sunflowers to beans to weeds. You name it. We have cultivated it – kind of. The slugs and snails have been known to take away some of the attention. So maybe, grow a slug garden. That works too. Here are some great tips on beginner gardening with kids.
14. Build a Worm Farm
This is still a hit in our home. Worms provide endless (yes, disgusting) entertainment. We made our farm using recycled tires and old hessian sacks. My plants flourished from “worm pee” and the kids love to set them free on the farm. They feel like they are doing their very own ‘soil improvement’ as a gift for me. Aggghhh. Sometimes they are so cute.
You can find out how to build your very own worm farm here.
15. Outdoor Bowling Alley
This looks like fun! I think my kids would be whinging for Mommy to give them a turn. I love bowling! It’s even got the little strings attached so you don’t have to set up the pins after you knock this down!! So Clever!
16. Chicken Run
Kids love animals. They keep them entertained for hours. Chickens are my first choice. They are fascinating to watch, keep the spiders away and lay eggs for your breakfast.
18. Then this …. Plastic Bottle Sprinkler
When all else fails and the budget runs dry. This simple (and free if you get it out the recycling bin) DIY Sprinkler will have the kids entertained all afternoon! If you are anything like me, this will be the one thing that you remember – and actually build this Summer. Have fun!!
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Hope you feel inspired to get outside this weekend. Drag the kids off technology and away from the TV and get them playing with some worms!
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