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Backyard Bliss: How to Make Your Yard Kid-Friendly

Little kids love to be outside, but with all the distractions they have available inside, sometimes they just need a little extra push. There are several things you can do in your yard that kids of all ages, from toddlers to teenagers, can enjoy. When your yard is kid-friendly, they will be begging you to go play outside.

Set Up a Tire Swing

There is something about a swing that appeals to children to make them want to play for hours. Get as creative or as traditional as you want, as there are hundreds of ways you can add a swing to your backyard. For instance, you can get an old tire and tie it up in a tree, or you can buy a premade swing set. Either way, a swing will provide a great way for your kids to get some exercise, while still having a blast. Even little kids as young as two or three could learn to swing in their backyard.

Grow a Vegetable and Herb Garden

Kids learn by playing, so why not let them learn the joys of working with plants? This could teach them a valuable lesson and help them be much more self-sufficient as they get older. Set aside a portion of your yard or a big flower pot for your child’s own little garden. Help them pick out vegetables and herbs that they can later harvest to help make dinner. Let them add flowers and little knickknacks to their liking, as well. You will be amazed at how passionate they are about caring for the garden that they grew.

Build a Clubhouse

Is there a cooler thing to a kid than a clubhouse they can call their own? You can involve them in the building process so they also get that sense of pride from building something. There are all kinds of clubhouses you can build in a kid-friendly yard. You can build a hobbit-hole, a teepee, or a princess cottage. The opportunities are endless.

Caring for the Lawn

Most homes have some sort of yard where your kids will want to spend their time; and as a parent, you will want to ensure that it is as safe as possible. Keep the yard clear of any debris that doesn’t belong there and store away all lawn maintenance equipment. Mow the lawn regularly to keep snakes and other potentially dangerous critters from making a home there.

If you tend to your yard, your kids can have a safe place to play outside and let their imaginations soar. If you don’t have the time to take care of your lawn properly, don’t sweat it. There are many companies out there like Westland Turf and similar businesses who can handle that for you.

Making your yard kid-friendly is just a combination of creating a safe place while being creative. Encourage you little ones to use their imagination to its fullest and go play outside.

Tim Esterdahl

Tim Esterdahl is the editor of IFCS blog. He is a married father of three and enjoys golf in his spare time.
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