When birthdays and holidays come around, instead of buying a bunch of toys for your children that they’ll only be interested in for a few months, consider putting that money toward items that will create an entertaining backyard for them.
Every child should have a swing set in his or her backyard. Whether it’s plastic, metal, or wood does not matter. What’s important is having a backyard item that should provide several years of entertainment.
A basic swing set with a swing and a sliding board will keep any small child happy. However, swing sets with extensive features are available, depending on your budget.
A backyard playhouse provides hours of imaginative play for children. Your children will become store owners, parents, chefs, and more while playing in their house.
When shopping for a playhouse, look for ones with high ceilings. If you buy the smaller ones, your children may outgrow them quickly.
Also, a non-commercial, inflatable bouncy house is a great investment for backyard fun. Children love the freedom of being able to jump and flop around in these. If you purchase the type with protective netting, your children’s jumping is better contained than on a trampoline.
Also, strictly following the safety rules that come with the bouncy house will increase your child’s fun and safety.
Children love playing in the water
Consequently, some type of toy or equipment that uses water is essential for a fun backyard. If you don’t want to have a pool installed in your backyard, plenty of portable and inflatable pools are on the market in different sizes and shapes. A sprinkler attached to your water hose, also, guarantees some giggles from your children.
If you prefer that your children not submerge themselves in water, a water table is a fun option. Children can entertain themselves for a long time with one of these. Purchasing one that comes with boats and ramps is a good idea because your children can watch the boats float down the ramp, as well as floating on the level water.
However, whether your water table comes with a boat or not, you’ll find that your child won’t have a difficult time finding items (rocks, hands, toes, leaves, balls, etc.) to go in the water.
A sandbox for burying and digging treasure is important for your kids, too. Make sure you have plenty of shovels, buckets, and other sand toys to go with this. A sandbox with a top is better for keeping insects and cats out of the sandbox.
Also, if you can, don’t place the sandbox close to the water table, unless you don’t mind the inevitable mess that will occur. Water will end up in the sandbox, or sand will find its way into the water table.
Having a flowerbed or a garden in your backyard is fun and educational for your children. Digging in the dirt, planting seeds or flowers, and watching them grow thrills them. Visiting butterflies and ladybugs is a backyard bonus, as well, if you plant the right flowers.
Don’t forget to put a birdhouse and birdbath in your backyard, too. Your children will love watching the birds flutter by and splash around in the birdbath.
Over time, your backyard can become one of your children’s favorite places. With the right preparation and purchases, you’ll have a backyard that your children will love so much that they’d rather play at home than go somewhere else.