Turning The Backyard Into A Playground – Cool Projects Kids Will Love You For

What kids love most about the summer is the fact that they get to spend a lot of time outdoors. This provides you as parents with the perfect opportunity to get crafty and to turn the backyard into a fun playground. There are lots of great ideas you can try and make sure you also involve the kids into your projects.

Chalkboard walls.

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Not really a fan of kids drawing with chalk on the walkway? Then get them a chalkboard and this way there will be a designated space just for that. You can install it on the fence, in the backyard.

Zip line.

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This is usually the type of activity you enjoy on vacations which makes it a perfect summer projects. Kids will love it and I’m sure their friends will too. A simple way of gaining popularity and having fun at the same time. Just make sure it’s safe.

Backyard tent.

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As a kid, a loved building tents under the table and hiding there. I’m sure your kids would love the idea of having a tent too, especially if you install it outdoors. It would be like an adventure for them.

Hanging chairs.

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As much as it’s fun to run around and play, sometimes you need to sit down and relax for a while. Hanging chairs have a way of making that fun too. Hang them in your backyard and the whole family can relax and enjoy precious moments.

A swing.

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The better version of a hanging chair, in a kid’s opinion, would be a swing. You can make one from an old chair and some sturdy rope. Paint it a bold color to make it look more attractive. It’s an easy week-end project.

Or perhaps a tire swing.

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You can also recycle your old tires. Use them to make fun swings for the kids. You’ll also need some chain and something to hang the swing from, like a tree. Make sure it’s all safe and secure before you let the kids use it.{found on livedan330}.

Beach-style fun.

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Kids of all ages love to play in the sand and, since you can’t spend the whole summer on the beach, bring a piece of it to your home. A sandbox would fit nicely in the backyard and you can even have a small pool.{found on wraysist3rs}.

Treehouse – a must have!

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Don’t think we’ve overlooked the number one DIY project for the backyard: the treehouse. It’s definitely a must-have, a place where kids can play together, set up meeting and have fun all day long. So, if you already have one, give it a quick makeover and, if not, you better start building one with your kid.{found on site}.

A music fence.

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To make a music fence, you need a fence panel and any object you can think of that makes a sound when you hit it. You can use old pots and pans, wooden spoons and other things you find in the house or garage. Better yet, just let the kids discover them.{found on creativelyblooming}.

Climbing wall.

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A climbing wall is a great thing to have and not just for the kids. You get your daily dose of exercise and you have fun at the same time. At first, it would be best to have a mattress on the ground, just in case.

Outdoor Twister.

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With a little bit of colored spray paint and a stencil you can make a Twister game in your backyard. Make it as big s you want. You basically just paint the grass and the color will probably be gone with the first rain but it’s a fun idea for a summer party.{found on youplusmeforalways}.

Water features.

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Not all the projects have to be directly concerning the kids. Some can also be used to improve the décor in your yard or garden. A water feature is a nice example. There are plenty of ways to have fun with it and, the rest of the time, it’s just a beautiful accent feature.

Water balloons.

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Making water balloons is one of the easiest projects I can think of. You just take a package of balloons and slowly fill them with water. Tie the balloon securely with a string and then be creative. You can throw it from one another until it explodes or hang it from a tree and turn it into a pinata.{found on ziggityzoom}.

DIY water wall.

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A very simple and inexpensive project kids will enjoy this summer is a water wall. You just need a bunch of bottles or containers which you attach to a fence. Create a circuit for the water to follow and be creative.{found on site}.

DIY water sprinkler.

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When you play all day in the yard it can get hot out there so a fun idea is to play with water. Make a sprinkler from a plastic bottle. Connect it to the garden hose and use tape to secure it nicely. Then poke holes with a drill or a nail or anything else.{found on site}.

Splash pad.

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If you’re looking for an alternative for a pool for reasons of safety or any other reasons you might have, then try a splash pool. You can build one in your yard using non slippery tiles. It’s fun and child-friendly.{found on apartmenttherapy}.

Fun with bubbles.

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Remember when you used to make soap bubbles when you were a kid? That was a lot of fun. Share the knowledge with your kids and take the fun to a whole new level. Use a small plastic pool, a hula hoop and a lot of bubble solution to make huge bubbles.{found on onecharmingparty}.

Life size Angry Birds game.

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It’s crazy how much it can be to play Angry Birds, even as an adult. But how cool would it be to get a life-size game for your kids? You can make it yourself with some cardboard boxes r bricks and some painted water balloons.{found on simplystyledhome}.

Passing practice wall.

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Want to encourage your kids to be more active? Build a passing practice wall. You need a tarp on which to mark the targets. Then cut out the holes and line the edges with duct tape. Add point values with a marker and that’s all.{found on spoonful}.

A hammock.

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by Rob Karosis Photography

Of course, nothing can beat a hammock. It’s perfect if all you want is to relax and take a nap outside. Kids are great at making anything fun so I’m sure they’ll love experimenting with this too.

A movie area.

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Set up an outdoor movie area in the yard. Use picnic blankets, pillows and everything else that might make the experience more comfortable. Then, with a projector, you can watch old family movies or children’s movies with the whole family.

An unusual garden.

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If you have a garden, then I’m sure the kids enjoy getting involved and maybe even helping. Let them have their own little garden. Use old boots or other unusual containers and plant flowers which they can then take care of.

Storage for toys.

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by Lori Cannava

The toys the kids use outdoors need to be stored somewhere separately so you don’t bring all the dirt inside the house. A nice idea is to have a secret storage area inside the bench or the bed in the yard or on the deck.