While we live in a time where there are more screens and electronic distractions than ever, outdoor play is still crucial for children. A fun backyard setup can entice children to get outside and it encourages a love of the outdoors while keeping kids active and occupied with creative play. From the simple do-it-yourself project to more advanced builds, the possibilities for outdoor playgrounds are almost limitless. Read on for some creative ideas that will be fun for the whole family!
An outdoor chalkboard wall is an easy do-it-yourself project that will provide your kids with hours of creative, educational fun. The wall or fence-mounted outdoor chalkboard also provides them with a vertical place to play with chalk — saving you from floors full of chalky footprints! The supplies needed for a project like this are easy to come by and kids love having a wall that they can cover with their art and writing!
Backyard Movie Theatre
When it’s time to relax and unwind from a day of fun summer play, bring the drive-in home with a backyard movie theater! Like the outdoor chalkboard, this can be a great option for families with children who want to spend time outdoors but have physical limitations. Your kids will love having their friends over for an outdoor movie night, but this project is great for the whole family. While there are ready-made or inflatable screens on the market, there are a number of affordable and accessible do-it-yourself ideas for making a screen. After that, all you need is a projector, seating, and an audience. This is a project that really allows you to let your creativity shine when setting up your seating.
A mound slide can be a great addition to any backyard playground. This project lends itself well to those who like their yard to have a more natural, organic feel. There are tons of options for slide heights and materials, and it is easy to either include plants like succulents in the hill or cover it entirely in sod. The natural look of many mound slides creates a charming, whimsical feel in any backyard play environment, and children will love this feature as a fun twist on a more “traditional” playground.
A swing set is a playground standby for a reason— they’re beautiful structures that kids and adults love. Building your own swing set takes a bit of elbow grease, but the work is well worth it. While there are many materials that you could choose to build a swing structure out of, for durability and longevity it’s hard to beat galvanized steel. You’ll need a few specialized tools for this classic playground favorite, such as a metal sander, but the end result is knowing you built a structure that will be enjoyed for years.
While it is important to keep safety in mind, there are many options that can bring a lot of fun to a backyard playground, creating an environment that stimulates your children’s creativity while giving them valuable outdoor playtime and building cherished memories. Whether you choose to go the do-it-yourself route or hire a seasoned professional, your backyard playground ideas are only limited by yours— and your family’s— imaginations.