How to Make a Fun Backyard for Kids

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Children love to have fun, and fun finds them in the most creative, imaginative ways when they encounter nature in their very own backyard. Making a fun backyard is all about thinking like a child and then incorporating safety features in the backyard that removes any potential hazards. The best plan for a kid-friendly backyard design is the one that is developed with the input of the children for whom it is designed. Incorporate brilliant colors, interactive features, equipment and toys that are educational, creative and that develops their motor skills while they are having fun.

Things You'll Need

  • Paint
  • Outdoor toys
  • Swingset
  • Playhouse
  • Clubhouse
  • Terra-cotta pots
  • Fun accessories
  • Soften hard edges. In the midst of fun and play, children will fall. Inspect the yard for sharp and hard surfaces, garden tools that can pose a hazard and garden features that are cumbersome to move around. All of these things must be corrected or removed as part of the backyard setup.

  • Define the play areas. Rather than plan one large space, make several areas in the backyard, each with a different fun activity. One area can have a sand box, another area can have a swing and gym set, and there can be an area for gardening, an area for water fun and a comfortable, shaded area for sitting, eating, making crafts and lounging.

  • Add a playhouse or clubhouse to backyard scene. Enjoying personal space is something that even very young children can enjoy. They can use their imaginations and play like mom, dad or big brother and sister. Clubhouses and playhouses are not restrictively defined for boys and girls, respectively. In fact, it may take a combination of the two types of play structures to develop one best suited for the children of interest.

  • Incorporate color in the backyard with paint. Use vibrant colors around the yard that the children enjoy. Draw inspiration from the children--what are their favorite colors and use colors from their favorite toys. Paint a decorative theme wall in the backyard. Painting the side of a detached garage, storage shed, playhouse or clubhouse is suitable for this project. In fact, the playhouse or clubhouse can shine with all of the colors of the rainbow, designed by the children.

  • Decorate the backyard with fun-colored outdoor accessories. Instead of leaving terra-cotta pots in their natural color, paint them with vibrant colors repeated throughout the yard. Make this a group project with the children and they will make their own designs that they can look at everyday they play in the yard. Look for whimsical decorative pieces--unique wind toys, light fixtures, tables, chairs, cups, plates and bowls and anything that fits into the scheme of a fun backyard.

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