Last Updated Mar 10, 2017 · Written by Rob Schneider
Everyone agrees that it's better for kids to play outdoors than sit indoors. They need something to do, though. You can create play areas for the kids outdoors and ensure they don't destroy your garden while they're playing. Here are five things you can build for the ultimate kid's backyard.
The weather isn't always fine and on hot summer days, the kids will want some shade. You can build a shed for the kids or modify a shed kit you buy from a shed supplier. The shed should be insulated and keep the children's safety in mind. If you include a deck, give it a railing so no one falls off the edge. Stairs should have handrails. To make it extra fun, install a slide.
A shed on stilts is a good idea because later, when the kids are older, they won't want to use their cubby house and you won't have a cement slab to worry about. On the other hand, you may want to use the shed for other purposes when the kids have outgrown it. A shed can make a great "cubby" for adults, too.
The kids won't always want to play inside their shed and you won't want them to. Draw them outdoors with kid's play equipment. Slides, swings, climbing castles and other play equipment is available. It is often made of plastic and comes in a variety of colours. Add a sandpit and the kids can play safely outdoors any time they want.
For inspiration, visit our Playground Equipment photo pages and you'll find all the ideas you need.
Kids can ruin a lawn in a matter of weeks, but if you give them a sports area made of synthetic turf, they can play all day without creating a brown, muddy patch in your lawn. Artificial grass today comes in a variety of forms and can resemble real turf. If you want the kids to play outside on the grass, you can install grass that looks like a real lawn. They can play on the lawn without you having to worry about them destroying your lawn.
You can also choose artificial grass for playing sports or install it around a play area. It's soft underfoot and just as safe to play on as real grass. It can be the perfect choice for the area around your play equipment. The "big kids" in the family can install a putting green or cricket pitch and have a "play" area in your backyard, too. Read Installing Artificial Grass to find out how easy it is to install.
The problem with playing outdoors is that the kids need shade. This problem can easily be overcome if you install a shade sail over play areas. For example, you may install a sandbox for your toddler, but you don't want them to play in the hot sand. Shade sails can be installed anywhere and they come in a variety of colours and shapes (or you can have yours custom-made). You can have shade sails installed by professionals, but DIY installation isn't difficult. Read Installing Shade Sails to find out what you need to do.
If you have a tree in your backyard, you have the perfect location for a tree house. A tree house doesn't have to be installed at a dangerous height. In fact, you can install it on stilts underneath a tree to give the kids shade when they're playing in their tree house. Add a climbing wall, a slide and other outdoor play equipment and you may have trouble keeping them out of their tree house.
For more tree house ideas, have a look at our Tree House Design photos.
The ultimate kid's backyard would probably have a combination of things. Artificial grass, a shed or tree house and some play equipment would keep them busy in all weather and you can keep an eye on them from the comfort of your home or patio.
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