Turns out there’s no need for intricate playsets with a million working pieces. Kids love the outdoors and will have a blast for hours with simple activities that are easy to setup in the backyard.
Here are some of the best ideas for backyard fun for kids of all ages.
Water and dirt equals happy children. If you’ve got some natural hills and mounds in your landscape, use them. Create your own slippy and slidy masterpiece by wetting everything down with the sprinkler or a hose and creating your own mud slide.
Put a kiddy pool full of water at the end and watch the fun begin!
What can you repurpose around your home? Maybe you have an outdoor patio table that can be flipped upside down to become a spaceship or airplane for great exploring and adventures. Bring a sheet and flag outside and suddenly it’s a pirate ship.
Maybe you could do a craft before this to make pirate hats to make the game last even longer.
While you absolutely can get the fancy one you’ve been eyeing online, with a little ingenuity you can make a sandbox and water table from the things around your home.
Scour the kitchen for extra baking pans and colanders. Find a place in your yard that works for some digging. Grab the bath toys and let them take a trip outside.
Some plastic cups and the beach shovels are a welcome addition. Suddenly your kids are little scientists, pouring, digging, building, and you can have a few moments to sip your coffee while you watch the fun.
When in doubt, don’t turn to Pinterest, turn to your past. When you were a kid what was the most fun thing you could do outside? Play in the sprinklers I bet.
Set up your oscillating sprinkler and let your kids run around the yard playing tag and trying to hop the sprinkler. Some will make a game of avoiding it and some will stand close so it gets them soaked.
Add in a hose with a multi-setting head and this is an hour’s long fun-filled adventure.
Now that you’ve created all that mud in the backyard, put it to good use! Repurpose some more kitchen wares to make mud pies and cakes in your new outdoor kitchen.
Let the kids have a blast stirring up mud and stone soup and let them add different things to the concoction as they see fit. Remember to remind them not to really eat the mud though.
Encourage them to decorate with little pebbles, sticks, leaves, and other items they find in nature.
Here at Little Legends, we believe that having fun doesn’t have to be expensive and that spending time with your children is the best way to keep them engaged and happy.
Get out in the backyard and participate with your kids. Backyard fun for kids starts with the parents getting the party started. So, stop worrying about the mess and go ahead and get dirty making memories.
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