Does your backyard look dull and bland and you want to revamp it? Do you want your kids to spend more time outside? Well, all of these things can be done with just a little bit of time and creativity. Here are some ideas on how you can turn your backyard into a family-friendly space everyone can enjoy.
A space for gathering
Every family wants different things from their outdoor space, but most of them want an area where they can spend quality time with their family members and relax. If you, too, want a space for gathering, you have several options.
For starters, you can add a patio or a pergola to your yard. Depending on the climate where you live, you can decide whether you want a permanent roof or something that is retractable. Moreover, the materials for these structures are various, so go for what suits the look of your yard the most. Make sure to include a sofa as well as plenty of chairs and cushions. Adding soft pillows and blankets is crucial, especially if you want to spend time there in the evenings or even during autumn. Another thing you can consider is building a fire pit as it can keep you warm during those chilly days in addition to making s’mores and hot dogs. However, if your kids are still small, explain to them the dangers of fire and keep them safe. Furthermore, if you have enough space, you can also add an outdoor kitchen and dining furniture.
Another approach you can take is creating a beach scene. This works especially well if you have a water feature, such as a pool, in your yard. Decide on an area that will be covered in sand or pebbles, add some deck chairs and a parasol and make sure to properly illuminate the space. This is crucial as you do not want any accidents.
Stay in touch with nature
A great way to introduce your kids to nature is by having an outdoor garden. Moreover, having them help you with growing food can result in them eating healthier. You can have two gardens if you have the space, one for you and one for the kids. This will teach them responsibility as they will be in charge of their own plants. If you don’t have enough space, give them a small pot, see what they want to plant and let them care for it. Consider beans, peas, carrots, cherry tomatoes and strawberries, which are all kid-friendly.
You can also make your garden inviting to small animals. Add bird feeders, baths and houses. You can make them on your own with the kids’ help. Furthermore, teach them about all sorts of animals that you see in the yard. Let them observe and catch various insects. Just make sure they know which ones are dangerous.
If your kids are a bit older, they can also help with keeping the yard clean and safe. For example, a lightweight extendable garden rake is super handy for raking leaves, grass and clippings. Explain to them how unsafe it can be if leaves get slippery. They can also mow the grass. Moreover, teach them to put away all tools after they are done as someone can get hurt.
Create hideaway zones
Kids like privacy when they are playing. That is why you might want to consider providing them with some hidden nooks and corners. Luckily, your options here are countless.
For example, hang a hammock in a secluded part of the yard, which you can also use. In addition, you can add a teepee or a treehouse to your yard. Moreover, strategically planted shrubs and trees can provide them with a fort. You can equip these things with a bed, chairs or pillows. Even just pitching a tent during the weekends can make your kids happy. However, if your kids are still quite young, you shouldn’t let them run around and climb without supervision.
Let their creativity flow
If your kids are quite creative, you should have an outdoor space that encourages that side of them.
Think about having a wall or a big chalkboard where they can draw. They can even create various games on the concrete with chalk, such as hopscotch and tic-tac-toe. You can also get an easel. The great thing about this is that you do not have to worry about them ruining your furniture and floors with splashes and dribbles.
On the other hand, if your kids love stories and are born entertainers, you can think about setting up a stage in your backyard. Add an elevated area where they can perform. Consider putting up curtains as well. However, if the kids are still young, you can be the entertainer and use sock puppets to tell them various stories. Alternatively, you can get a screen and a projector and have fun summer movie nights.
No, we didn’t forget about sports-loving families. You can set up goals for soccer, spread a volleyball net, hang a couple of hoops etc. If you have the space, you can turn your yard into a golf course. Add a trampoline, a swing and all sorts of different toys, such as jump ropes, hula hoops and balls.
Make sure to provide your children with soft landings, such as grass. Also, keep in mind that most kids outgrow and get bored of toys quite quickly. That is why you should not invest in any permanent and expensive structures.
As you can see, there are many ways to make your yard family-friendly. However, don’t forget that you are the most important factor for your kids to feel safe, entertained and loved. As long as you are spending time together, it doesn’t matter what you do. Enjoy!
Jessie is a passionate blogger and home designer. She loves writing about tips and tricks that make every home a better place, inside and outside. Besides this, she loves sports, outdoor activities and spending time with her close ones.