10 ways to create a fun space |

10 ways to create a fun space |

Guaranteed to engage the children for hours, encourage creativity and provide an outlet for excess energy, a backyard playground is worth considering whether you’re planning a simple yard update or a complete redesign.

What’s more, you don’t have to compromise on your backyard style either as each playground idea can be adapted to suit your plot, local climate and preferred choice of finishes and materials. 

A well-designed backyard playground area can help stimulate imaginative play, engage the senses and develop a child’s confidence, as well as provide opportunity for physical exercise. ‘Children grow and change and thus need environments that can adapt with them and pique their interests throughout the seasons and years,’ says Lisa Howard (opens in new tab), designer at Bay Tree Design. ‘Most children’s landscapes can be integrated into the overall yard with messier activities sited away from main spaces. They can be beautifully designed spaces that build your children’s self-esteem, skills, and sense of self.’

large outdoor play area with playhouse and swings

You can easily adapt a wooden playhouse and swing set by painting it to suit your garden color scheme

(Image credit: Easy Tot)

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