Following on from our previous post about creating a child-friendly garden, here are five more tips you can try to ensure your kids play happily all summer!
Children grow and change quickly. They will eventually tire of the big equipment you buy, although this is likely to take several years. Each year, think about investing in a variety of age-appropriate garden games, balls, bikes and anything else that will get them moving and enjoying life out in the fresh air.
Children also love to get muddy. If you have any old furniture stored away in the shed, why not get it out and set up a mud kitchen for your children to mess around in? Dig out those old plastic picnic sets, including plates, knives and forks, and watch as your children become engrossed in “cooking” up a mud pie or two.
Children’s wooden climbing frames can be expensive. However, buying from a reputable firm, such as http://www.niclimbingframes.com/climbing-frames, will ensure that whatever you choose will be of good quality and last for many years. Consider levelling the ground and installing a weatherproof safe fall zone, such as rubber crumb or wood bark.
For those who have the time and expertise, there is also the option to build something from scratch yourself. Making a fort can be a fun way to involve the whole family. It doesn’t need to be complicated or expensive, but it is important to ensure it is safe and sturdy enough to cope with children playing on it.
For Smaller Gardens
If you don’t have the space for ball games, change your expectations and think about what else they can do in the space instead. Plenty of shrubs will make for some fun games of hide-and-seek and make a great home for minibeast, which will also be a source of much interest. Check out your local park and gardens if they need more space to run around.
Think about the different surfaces of your garden during the design phase. Grass and wood chippings are perfect for a fall-safe area, while brick and stone make a great bike riding surface. Gravel is not a good option, so you might want to consider a change if you have it.