With the sun shining, the last place that you want your children to be is stuck inside. If your garden is more resembling of an unloved field, it’s time to turn your backyard into an infant’s paradise.
Back when we were kids, we would run around without a care in the world. We didn’t have smartphones, tablets or an Xbox to keep us indoors all day, and neither would we want to.
Sadly, our idea of childhood is a distant memory, but that doesn’t mean that we should allow our children to live out their formative years inside the confines of four walls. Here we have listed five fun ways that you can transform your garden for the kids this summer.
When it’s hot and all you want to do is cool down, a paddling pool is a great addition that both children and adults can benefit from. Available in all shapes and sizes, a paddling pool makes for good clean fun that everyone can get involved with.
If you have pets running around, you will do well to keep away from inflatable options for obvious reasons. Plastic pools will be far more durable but will set you back more than inflatable options and will require larger storage space for the winter months.
If you do invest in a plastic sandpit and are looking for a secondary use to get your money’s worth, why not convert it into a sandpit? Kids can make use of this for more of the year than a paddling pool whilst allowing their creative (and messy!) side to run wild.
Along with a bucket and spade, you can bring a slide of the beach to your back garden. You will probably be left with more than a touch of tidying up afterwards, but the smiles on their faces make it all worth it.
Every child has played on a set of swings at one point of another. A regular feature of most play areas, children absolutely love playing on swings. Of course, the risk of getting hurt is high with swings, which is why you should install a soft surface surrounding the feature.
Some homeowners lie down mats to break any fall, while some prefer to install artificial grass to cushion slips while maintaining a natural feel to the garden. If a synthetic lawn is something that interests you, samples are available by clicking here.
Sporty kids that love to run around will love a miniature goal or basketball ring in their back garden. Not only is this great for encouraging your kids to get the exercise they need (and don’t get by sitting on the sofa with their phone all day), mums and dads can get involved in some friendly competition.
Undoubtedly, they will be asking if their friends can come round to play with them (especially if they have no brothers or sisters), so it’s a great way to keep the kids away from the television!
Hands up if you have played in a play house at any point in your life? You can put your hands down now. Play houses serve a great purpose in the development of children as they encourage creativity, while also providing a designated spot to store their toys in the garden.
Boys and girls will love having their own space in which they can take ownership of to play in the garden. Kids can also stay out of the sun when temperatures are soaring, helping to protect against sunburn.