Every kid loves a great playground or play space they can spend a whole day enjoying—and fortunately, you don’t have to spend a fortune to give them one! A do-it-yourself play area may be easier than you’d think, and it can provide years of fun and laughter for your child.
Not sure where to get started? We’re sharing a list of our best ideas below.
Make believe station
Young kids love to play make believe, so why not let them play it outdoors, too? Making a make believe station for your child is easy and fun to do, and lets you use materials you probably already have on hand. You can assemble a make believe airplane, for example, by upcycling old plastic patio chairs and having them serve as passengers’ seats—with your child, of course, at the cockpit! Have an old workbench not getting much use anymore? With a few accessories, old kitchen tools and minimal (or no) woodwork, you can turn it into a makeshift play kitchen for your child to enjoy.
The ideas don’t have to end there. Almost any old or unused item you have lying around in the garage can be used to create a make believe masterpiece for your child.
Hopscotch is the classic childhood game, and the hopscotch squares are usually drawn with chalk. However, if you want to make hopscotch a somewhat more permanent feature of your yard, consider setting up the squares using stepping stones! When they’re not being hopped on, they can be simple stones arranged in a unique pattern.
Outdoor chalkboard fun
Paint a sheet of wood in chalkboard paint and affix it to a fence or outdoor wall. Keep a pack of chalk nearby and you have instant outdoor chalkboard fun! Kids will love doodling, writing or even playing teacher using the simple DIY chalkboard.
Spray paint games
For all the fun of an indoor game moved outdoors, use a bit of spray paint on your grass to create games your child will love. Spray out multicolored circles to recreate a game of Twister, or paint a neat chessboard for outdoor chess or checkers—just keep a bag of pieces nearby or, for checkers, recreate the game with new figures (like buttons or even coins—whatever you’ve got on hand!).
Natural soccer goal
To play everyone’s favorite game while still maintaining a natural, rustic look, you can improvise and make a soccer goal out of two opportunely placed trees in your backyard (if you have them). Attach netting to the trees (you can pick some up at the store, take it from an old goal, or even use a fishing net) and you’ll have an easy way to enjoy soccer practice right at home.
If you have old flower pots lying around, you can turn them into beautiful, whimsical fairy gardens your creative child will love to play with. Fill an old, unused or even broken pot with dirt, leaves, bark, grass, flowers and small stones or tokens and turn the pot into a sort of outdoor playset that can be rearranged with ease.
We hope that these ideas can help you make a fun, creative outdoor play space your child will enjoy for years to come.