If you want your kids to live a more active lifestyle, you may want to consider building a playground. Kids today have a lot of gadgets keeping them indoors with their eyes glued to a screen, which can lead to a lack of physical activity. While there is a time and a place for electronics, there should also be time for playing outside.
Before we get into the different ways you can create your backyard playground, it's important to remember that safety always comes first. Make sure any of the items you plan to bring into the yard are safe for your children. Whether you are building a treehouse for them or are just adding playground equipment, make sure it's safe for your kids. Without further ado, here are some things to consider.
The size of your yard is the fundamental consideration when deciding what playground equipment to get. A small yard does not mean you are completely limited. Take measurements of the space you have for the playground area and then look for equipment that matches that size. You may not be able to get the “super-deluxe princess play palace,” but you may still be able to get a decent playhouse. You should also think about how you'll be getting this equipment into your yard. Some larger equipment may require certain accommodations.
The Age of Your Kids
When building a playground, consider the age of your children. You want to get hardware they'll be able to enjoy now but is also able to grow with them or be easily replaced. Additionally, you should always make sure you are buying the best quality you can afford. You want the items to be durable and capable of withstanding whatever your kids or the weather throw at them.
Types of Equipment to Consider
If your kids are old enough, why not ask their opinion on what they would like in their playground? This will help to ensure they have a good time with the equipment you get them. This might also help you avoid the dreaded "play with it once and never touch it again" situation.
You have many options when adding pieces to your yard. You could have a jungle gym or a small merry-go-round. You could have some swings, a playhouse, or a sandbox. If your kids are a bit older and into sports, then you could consider a net for badminton or volleyball. Try to customize the playground according to your child's interests.
If you choose to add a sandbox to the playground, make sure you clean it out each day or ensure it is covered when not in use. Animals, especially cats, might like to use it as their personal bathroom. This might not be something you consider, but it happens. It’s far better that mom and dad clean it out before the kids come inside holding a little surprise.
As you can see, it takes a bit of planning and work to get the items you need for your children’s playground, but it shouldn’t be too difficult. Get the best quality items you can and make sure they fit well into the space you have available. You'll see your children spending more of their time outside in the sun getting exercise. The playground might not replace television entirely, but it’s a good start to inspiring your children to exercise more.