Here are some fabulous ideas to create an outdoor kids space that will keep the kids outside all year long.
While we have a pretty amazing playroom indoors for the winter and rainy days, I always wanted to keep an exciting outdoor play space for the boys. They’re busy kids and it was important to me that they spent a lot of time outdoors- digging in the dirt and sand, jumping in mud puddles, climbing and enjoying the sunshine. I’ve continued to improve on this outdoor kids space as much as possible to keep it attractive to them, year after year.
Today I’m bringing you a roundup of ideas for an outdoor kids space that include some that I’ve shared in the past, as well as some from other bloggers. I hope you enjoy and find inspiration for your own kids spaces.
Outdoor Kids Space Ideas
Build a Playhouse
Houseful of Handmade built this amazing playhouse.
Add a Treehouse
I love this treehouse from Heathered Nest. Did anyone else YEARN for their own treehouse as I kid? I did.
Update a Playhouse
Upgrade a Playhouse
Build a Sandbox
Despite my stress over sand ending up outside of the sandbox, sandboxes are so much fun for the kids. Check out this gray sandbox from Simple Practical Beautiful.
Or you can check out the sandbox with awning from Dazzle While Frazzled.
Here’s an easy tarp that you can add over your sandbox too.
This seesaw from Jaime Costiglio was upgraded from the Ana White plans so that it would work for both kids and adults.
Chalkboard Area Outdoors
I loved playing school outside as a kid. I would have loved this unique chalkboard area by Hey There Home. Plenty of room for every wannabe teacher.
Don’t have enough room for a large scale chalkboard? Check out this alternative, smaller chalkboard from Dazzle While Frazzled.
If you want to use an existing door, turn the shed door or other door into the chalkboard. This is a cute hack from Mom Advice.
Shaded Kid Space and Garden Trellis
Need a little shade, but want to use natural landscaping to manage it? This shaded kidspace and trellis from Chicken Scratch NY is a perfect option. I think grapes, hardy kiwi, or another edible would be amazing on this trellis so the kids could snack while they play.
Ahhh I fondly remember tire swings growing up! Kids these days are missing out- but yours don’t have to. Make your own tire swing using this tutorial from Schneider Peeps.
Ahhh what kid doesn’t love to play with mud?! Make a mud kitchen with instructions from Me & B Make Tea.
What childhood is complete without a lemonade stand? My favorite part of summer was trying to sell ridiculous things to the neighbors… lemonade, brownies make sense. But when my parents ran out of lemonade mix, I would resort to selling wildflowers and rocks. Learn how to make this lemonade stand from Rain on a Tin Roof.
Outdoor Seating for Kids
What outdoor kids space would be complete without seating? Learn how to build these wood chairs from Houseful of Handmade.
It’s really easy to update old plastic toys with new paint. Learn how I painted this Plasma Car.
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