How to Create a Kid-Friendly Backyard

11 August 2017

Every family with kids wants to ensure that the little ones spend enough time outdoors to get some exercise and blow off some steam. Luckily, if you incorporate some simple and fun elements into your backyard, you can turn it into a real adventureland for your children. That doesn’t mean that you have to destroy your lawn and precious flower bed. Simply introduce some kid-friendly backyard elements and your kids will love it. Take a look at the following suggestions.

Art section for little Picassos

There’s no way of knowing how creative and artistic kids are until you provide them with a nice art corner where they can let their imagination fly free. All you need to do is get a large chalkboard and hang it onto your fence. This way you can peacefully sip your lemonade knowing that your kids won’t make a mess and destroy your cedar fencing. Your fence will stay clean and safe, and your kids will have a perfect place to practice their art skills outside.

Take it to the sky

Swing is a definite must for any kid-friendly backyard. You can make a simple swing from an old car tire, which is a great way to recycle old things and turn them into something useful. If you want a swing that’s suitable even for younger kids, you can take your kid’s old high chair, saw off the legs and you’ll have a safe swing seat with armrests and a backrest. Paint your swing sets in vibrant colors to make them more attractive, but even more importantly, make sure they are securely tied to a branch and get your kids ready for take-off.

Create a rest area

After they’ve played and run their little hearts out, your kids will need a private and intimate place to catch their breath and engage in a more peaceful play. You might already have a place like this at your yard provided by tall flowers and trees, but you can also create “forts and hideaways” by adding big umbrellas, canopies, tents or gazebos to your backyard. Kids will love to crawl in there and do some coloring, reading or just relax. 

Attract birds and butterflies

Kids love animals, especially colorful butterflies, birds and mischievous little squirrels. Aside from making your garden kid-friendly, you can also make it animal-friendly by planting native flowers, shrubs and trees around the yard to provide shelter and food. You can also add bird and squirrel feeders, bird baths and houses. You can even make it a family DIY day and make a bird house from scratch.

Backyard games

All of the basic kids’ toys can be stored in your backyard. Get some hula hoops, jump ropes, stilts and balls, and get your kids ready for some exercise. Another great backyard activity is soccer. You can get some portable soccer goals,invite some of their friends over and organize a little tournament. Your kids can also create an obstacle course from different items you can find in the garden. These are all great ways to get your kids to exercise without them even realizing it.

Backyard water play

We all know kids love to splash around and play with water, especially during the hot summer days. You can make your own water park right in your backyard by getting some sprinklers, water balloons, water guns and kiddie pools. All of these are pretty cheap and perfectly safe for kids to play with. And when the summer passes, you can easily store these water accessories into your garage.

These are just some of the ideas you can use to make your backyard more kid-friendly, and they are all pretty simple and inexpensive. So, even if you’re operating on a tight budget, you’ll still manage to get your kids both physically and mentally active and entertained. 


Derek Lotts writes about décor, gardening, recycling and everything related to home improvement. He thinks all these fall under self-improvement. He believes in the power of sharing ideas and communicating via the internet to achieve betterment. He blogs regularly at Smoothdecorator.