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

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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.

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