During the summer months, the best room in your house isn’t even a room – it’s your backyard. The garden can provide all that your kids need to be entertained, to learn and to play and all of that can be achieved relatively cheaply.
From giving them a secret hideaway where their imaginations can run wild to installing a tire swing to let them experience the thrill of flying to building a hammock in which they can relax, there are many ways in which you can create a family friendly backyard that can keep your children enthralled throughout the summer.
Here are some ideas on how.
Create a seamless flow between the house and your backyard
Most children don’t seem to understand or acknowledge barriers – and some that do understand them choose to completely ignore them anyway. You can play on this theme by creating a seamless connection between the indoor areas of your house and the backyard.
Big patio doors mean that they’ll wander freely from inside to outside and back to inside again. No child wants to have to go through the palaver of having to open and close doors, so making it as easy as possible to move between the two will ensure you have a family-friendly backyard.
Build a secret hideaway
Chances are you had a secret hideaway when you were a kid. A den or a lair somewhere that you and your friends used to go and play or use to escape the difficulties of life as a child. For that reason, everybody loves a secret hideaway – so why not give your kids one of their own that they don’t need to leave the backyard to visit?
It’s easy enough to build. Just find a cozy corner of the garden away from prying eyes and install a bench, a chair or a swing so that your kids have their own private space to go which they can imagine into anything they want. Who knows, when that tax return deadline is looming, or you have had one too many glasses of wine the previous evening and are feeling the effects the next day, you might even end up taking refuge in the secret hideaway yourself.
Build a treehouse
Don’t just stop the construction at a secret hideaway – if you’ve got a backyard full of suitable trees, then why not build a treehouse as well? Even young children dream of one day owning their own house and you can give them a taste of what it is like by building them a home of their own up in a tree.
It can be big or fancy or simple or sweet, whatever you have the time, budget and space to create. Let them furnish it however they like, and you’ll be giving them a facility in which they can create memories that will last forever.
Invest in sturdy patio furniture
“The family who eats together, stays together” is a famous saying but one that undoubtedly has some truth behind it. So, why not make your backyard more family-friendly by ensuring that everybody can come together and share a meal outside during the summer months?
Whether that is through cooking on a BBQ or just dining al fresco, there’s a certain amount of excitement that can be derived from eating outdoors. Of course, you need the right equipment to do so, and that starts with sturdy woodard patio furniture. From tables to chairs, kitting out your patio with good quality furniture will make it much more family-friendly and an appealing place to spend time and dine.
Build a hammock
A hammock hung between two trees can provide the perfect place for your kids to unwind. Once they’re tired themselves out running around the garden, they can climb into this brilliant sleeping device first invented by the Mayans and have a little rest or use it as a gentle swing to calm down – and who’s to say it’s just for the kids as well? Just like with the secret hideaway, you might find yourself heading for it after a stressful day at the office.
Recreate a beach
If you live hundreds of miles from the nearest beach or a holiday to the coast is something that isn’t an option for you as a family, then why not bring the beach to your backyard? All you need is to buy some sand, purchase some deckchairs and invest in a beachball and you can turn a small corner of your backyard into a beach.
Sure, you’ll be missing the sea, but how many of us ever go in the sea when we visit the beach? It’s all about the feeling of the sand between your toes and throwing a beachball at whoever has fallen asleep in the chair.
Hang a tire swing
There are few things more thrilling to a child then the feeling of flying through the air, and you can give that to them by building your very own tire swing. Simply find a suitable tree with a sturdy branch, wrap a piece of rope around it, attach a tire and away you go.
You don’t even need to use a tire. A traditional wooden seat will work, or you could even use something like an old mattress on top of a piece of plywood. Whichever route you go down, your kids will love the sense of adventure they can get from their very own homemade swing.
Plant a vegetable garden
There are so many benefits to a vegetable garden that it is hard to know where to start. You’ve got the obvious benefits in that you can use it to produce homegrown, delicious fruit and vegetables to go into healthy family meals.
A vegetable garden can help instill in your kids the importance of hard work as they will end up reaping the results of their labor when they’re eating the food which they’ve grown. It can bring the family closer together as you work on something for the common good – and you’ll be teaching your children vital life skills at the same time.