Here are some fabulous small backyard playground ideas that will make the kids beg to go outside. Build a tire swing, a playhouse, add a sandbox, and more!
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While we have a pretty amazing playroom indoors for the winter and rainy days, I always want to keep an exciting outdoor play space for the boys.
They’re busy kids and it is 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 our 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 a small backyard playground 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 backyard playground!
Small Backyard Playground Ideas
For introverts like us, having an AWESOME playground at home was important! We could get our kids playing outside as much as possible, making sure they get exercise and all of their wiggles out. Here are some AMAZING ideas for playgrounds and outdoor spaces for your children!
You know those cool setups you see at birthday parties, zoos, and other children's events?! It's EASY to build a quick and easy mobile mining setup for use at home. Kids LOVE it and it's a great way to play with rocks, sand and water without making a huge mess.
Here's another open playhouse plan for a toddler! My favorite part about these open plans is being able to see inside if I want to enjoy some sunshine... as I'm always telling my kids, "I need eye contact on the 2 year old y'all."
Sandboxes are a MUST HAVE for every backyard playground! Who DOESN'T love playing in the sand? It's not a beautiful summer day if we aren't washing sand off my kids. If sand isn't your thing, kids love to play in rocks or dry (hard) corn, and some people find it's a great alternative.
Sometimes I wonder which is easier- putting together the "premade" sets that come with a million screws and brackets, or just building from scratch. Here's a "from scratch" playground you can build for the kids!
I ADORE this cattle panel arch for kids. It's colorful and a great way to give them a tiny garden area to grow peas, beans, or even flowers over themselves for shade. By the time the full heat of summer hits, their garden should be beautifully shaded and cool.
Tire swings are THE BEST! I have fold memories (and probably a scar or two) from the tire swings at our elementary school playground. Does anyone else remember getting it really going, then holding onto the chains to let your legs swing out away from the actual tire? Yeah I was dangerous. My stories and I are a terrible influence on my children. But no matter how you ride them- safely or not- tires make great playground toys!
If you can't afford to buy new or just like to save money, it's always fun to give old stuff new life. I HATE to see things head toward the landfill. We bought this plasma car for my first son in 2012 or so, then gave it a face lift! It looks FANTASTIC.
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