Being a mommy or a daddy to excitable, curious and energetic kids is the best thing in the entire world, but it’s also knackering. You’re perpetually having to entertain them and feed their imagination and make life dance like a new year’s eve fireworks finale, especially when spring and summer come around.
Don’t get us wrong, we absolutely love it. Of course, we do. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t tiring and frazzling. That doesn’t mean we don’t occasionally crave a solution whereby we can open the door to the backyard and revel in the fact they’re entertaining themselves for an hour or so, just so we can catch up on the washing up or catch our breath.
Well, believe it or not, we’ve actually found a few amazing ideas that will help this dream become a reality. We have found a few amazing solutions that will see your kids enjoy your backyard whether you’re with them or not. Trust us, these little things will totally transform your life, as well as your child’s too.
Trampolines Are Hypnotic
Every parent contemplates getting a trampoline, but they hesitate for one reason: they think it’ll just be an expensive fad and something their kid will get bored of within two minutes flat. But that’s not the case. Kids go crazy for trampolines. For hours and hours, they can just jump up and down. It’s amazing. Of course, leaving your kids to jump to heart-stopping heights isn’t every parent’s idea of relaxing, which is why you should a) get a trampoline with a safety net, b) put your trampoline in the ground or c) cover the springs with sliced up swimming pool noodles. Basically, safety is the priority. Anyway, once you’ve done this, either feed their imaginations with a game or two or fill the trampoline with ball-pit-balls. It’ll work a treat.
The Writing’s On The Wall
Drawing a hopscotch area on your patio is a great way to kill 13 minutes, but it won’t do much more than that. As such, try adding a big old blackboard to one of the fence panels in your garden and hang a big old bucket of chalks next to it. Not only will this entertain your little ones without taking up too much space, you can also encourage them to get creative by giving them some story ideas that they need to draw. If you want to take this a step further, though, try using metallic blackboard paint. That way you can add magnets to the equation, especially those cog ones you can get; they’re incredibly entertaining.
In a world where screens seemed to have crept into the lives of everyone, everywhere, try and encourage reading and board games by creating a seating area they will enjoy, which means one they can organise how they want. Yeah, we’re talking about investing in the kind of modular garden furniture you can get from this site. You’ll be amazed at how something as simple as furniture they can set up to their specifications will grab their attention. Like we said, they could set themselves up perfectly to do some reading, or they could organise them into a circle to play games or anything they like. Of course, it doesn’t have to be modular seating. It could be that you put up something more fun and gimmicky, like some transparent hanging chairs, that they can slip into for a little bit of relaxation time. Anything that gets them off the living room sofa.
There is something absolutely alluring about camping. We don’t know what it is exactly, but there is definitely something magical about having an outdoor space to hide and play in. Our advice: buy a garden teepee or a bell tent and fill it with everything that a child could possibly need for a creative adventure. Pillows, cushions, blow up mattresses, an old sofa from Facebook Marketplace, some board games, big bean bags, a waterproof rug and a hanging torch lantern. If you thought your kids loved making a den under the dining room table, then just wait until they get a whiff of this outdoor dream-maker. It will totally blow their minds.
Bring Back The Beach
The dream: to live in a beachside mansion where you have your own private stretch of sand. The reality: there is only so much coastline to go around. But just because you can’t live by the beach doesn’t mean your dream should end there. No way. Instead, try bringing some beach-style fun to your backyard. We’re talking about having a sandbox with a sail shade above it and, who knows, maybe a pop-up pool as well. Fill the sandbox with toys and diggers and spades and buckets and have some inflatables for the pool and you’ll have hours of your time from here on in. But this is obvious right because, well, what child doesn’t love getting messy in the sand? Exactly.
Water Is Wonderful
Okay, we mentioned a pop-up pool and then remembered that water is one of the best things you can use to have some garden fun. It’s sensory, it’s hilarious, it’s exciting and it’s a great way to cool down when the sun is hot, hot, hot. The question is, how do you bring water fun into your backyard? Simple. Give your kids water balloons and access to the outside tap, put a kiddie pool up, buy a sprinkler and see if they can avoid getting wet, put a slip n’ slide down, add a pond full of little rubber duckies and see how many they can hook, create a tricycle wash and add a water wall to your garden fence. There are so many ways that you can introduce water to your kid’s world, it’s just a matter of thinking outside the box. That’s all.
Anyway, now that you’ve created a backyard haven that you’re kids won’t want to come in from, all you have to do is pour yourself a cocktail, climb onto your sun lounger and enjoy the heart-warming sound of children laughing.