Your kids will love these ideas for having fun outdoors
Creating places kids really want to play in is the key to getting them into the garden, writes Mercedes Maguire
Go play in the backyard — it’s the suburban battle cry that has been uttered by generations of parents. But with the increasing struggle to get kids to lay down their screens, encouraging children back out into the great outdoors has never been so important.
Whether you invest in a new springform trampoline, a bespoke cubby house, or simply create a space for children to make mud pies and pick their own vegetables, providing young minds with the opportunity to daydream, imagine, create and simply play will go a long way to getting them out of the house and into the backyard.
“There are a lot of cosmetic, pretty gardens out there but they’re simply not useful,” says Steve Webb, a landscape architect with Edible Kids Gardens and father of five. “All you can do is gaze upon them rather than actually use them.”
A garden of any size can be transformed into a wonderland for children, adds Lyndall Keating, owner of The Garden Society.
“It’s always nice to have the quintessential lush lawn for children to run around in and do handstands and cartwheels on, but if you don’t there are still lots of options for a kidfriendly backyard,” Lyndall says.
“Chalk boards on walls, custom sandpits to fit any size, herb gardens and vegie patches are popular options if space is an issue.”
Penny from Mother Natured added an outdoor sink for making mud pies.