These days, managing your kids’ screen time can feel like a full-time job, especially when schools are out for summer. It’s safe to say we all want to encourage our children to spend more time outdoors, engaging in physical activities and exploring their surroundings. There’s so much you can do, even on a limited budget with limited space. We created a kid-approved backyard wish list with a range of backyard essentials.
PLAY STRUCTURES & SWINGS
Investing in play structures such as swing sets, slides, and climbing frames is a fantastic way to create an adventurous and interactive backyard for your child. These structures promote physical activity, coordination and imagination. Make sure to choose high-quality, durable options that meet safety standards. Looking for ways to keep backyard toys clean? We’ve got you covered.
Uber popular during the pandemic, trampolines are a timeless source of fun for kids. They offer endless entertainment, exercise, and opportunities for imaginative play. Ensure that you select a trampoline with safety features, such as safety nets and padding and follow all safety guidelines. Keep your tramp clean with a routine check-up.
Backyard games like badminton, volleyball, soccer and frisbee are excellent ways to keep children engaged and active. These games promote teamwork, coordination, and friendly competition. Provide a designated play area and gather a collection of age-appropriate outdoor games for endless entertainment. And, beware sports gear can quickly become an untidy mess. Set up somewhere kids can put their games away. The garage is often the most handy.
GARDENING & OUTDOOR EXPLORATION
Encourage your children to connect with nature by involving them in gardening activities. Planting flowers, growing vegetables and maintaining a small garden can be both educational and rewarding. Get creative! Make additional spaces for exploration, like a bug house or a bird feeder, to nurture their curiosity about the natural world. Encourage kids to leave muddy shoes at the door. And, give them a basket to keep their mini trowels and garden gloves tidy.
In hot weather, water-based activities are a hit with kids. Consider installing a small water play area with a sprinkler, inflatable pool or water table. Water play encourages sensory development, keeps children cool and provides hours of entertainment. Empty and refill your child’s water table with fresh water regularly. And, then, once a week, wipe it down with a mild detergent and microfibre cloth to remove any dirt or residue.