If you are a parent and spend a lot of time at home, you probably have taken a big interest in creating a beautiful yard. After all, our yards are like our outdoor living space, and they can directly contribute to our quality of life. A lot of parents these days are incorporating “fun spaces” or “play areas” in their landscape designs now, as a way to provide entertainment for their children and keep the yard conceptualised so that the design fits a little better.
The first thing you’ll need is some high quality play equipment. I personally like wooden play structures because they add a lot of aesthetics and are very sturdy, chosen right, they can even increase the value of your home. Consider getting some swings too, as they are always a favourite.
If you don’t have a lot of money, get creative. Anybody can put together a makeshift swing, and if you’re handy, you may be able to build something much more elaborate.
Trampolines make a great addition to any play area. Not only will children jump on them for years without ever growing bored of them, but they provide a source of healthy physical activity. Trampolines are known to build stronger muscles, improve cardiovascular health, and increase coordination.
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Aside from the playground equipment, it’s a good idea to have toys available, you might want to set up a shelf or a trunk in one corner of the play area. Include active-based toys, like a badminton set, balls, and jump ropes.
All that playing around and bouncing up and down on trampolines is sure to work up an appetite. Why not continue the outdoor living theme by setting up a child-sized picnic table so they can eat lunch outside? This will really come in handy when you have barbecues in your fantastic new yard.
Grow Your Veggies
Last but not least, I highly encourage setting up a small garden next to the play area. This can open up a whole new world of opportunities in the mind of a child, they’ll be fascinated as they they grow herbs and vegetables from seeds they planted and cared for spring to life, grow, and then produce food.
Help them set it up and tend it with them. You’re building work ethics here, even if it is a lot of fun. You’re spending quality time with your children, they’re learning about the laws of nature, and in the end you get fresh veggies. What more could you ask for?