BACKYARD PLAY SPACES THAT PUT KIDS FRONT AND CENTER

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Presented by the National Association of Landscape Professionals in partnership with Houzz 

By Danyell Matthews

Before you know it, spring will be here. You may already be planning the annuals you'll be planting in your garden or even that first backyard picnic. If you have children, it's also a great time to think about simple projects that will keep them entertained and enjoying the outdoors too. An outdoor chalkboard, a climbing wall and more are sure to make your backyard the envy of the neighborhood kids.

 

 

Placing a chalkboard panel on your existing fence is a quick DIY project that children of all ages will love. The bonus is that you can use the chalkboard too. Think easy party banner.

 

Photo by Globus Builder

 

Creating a playhouse will surely win you a Parent of the Year award. This simple structure with a sand floor will provide plenty of outdoor entertainment and sensory play for your children.

 

Photo by Jane Ellison

 

If you have built-in seating, try adding cushions in bold colors. Your children will spend more time in the yard if they're comfortable, and choosing an outdoors-friendly fabric like Sunbrella will ensure that the cushions will last for years to come.

 

Photo by Molly Wood Garden Design

 

Don't let lack of space hinder your backyard fun. If you have a smaller property, look up. Adding a basic canopy with colorful tablecloths or sheets will spark your children's imaginations. I can already hear the "land ahoy!" calls.

 

Photo by Shades Of Green Landscape Architecture

 

If you have a strong enough tree, add a swing. Swing supplies can be purchased from any local hardware store, and adding one to your backyard is a fun project you can do with your children.

 

 

A rock climbing wall is not the simplest project, but the idea here is to consider adding something your children can climb on. If your budget won't allow a full-blown wall, perhaps you can add a few large boulders.

 

Photo by Keith Willig Landscape Services, Inc.

 

Forts and slides are always backyard favorites. If you're feeling ambitious, a setup like this may take a long weekend to complete, but the memories made for your children will be with them for years to come.

 

Photo by Andre laurent

 

Never underestimate the power of a nice, lush lawn. Whether you use it for a family soccer game, a run through the sprinklers or a quick game of catch, there is no replacement for good old-fashioned grass. Start preparing your lawn now for the fun spring ahead by stocking up on a good time-released fertilizer and taking note of any bare spots that may need seed.

 

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