27 Foolproof Ideas For An Epic Play Garden For Your Kids

27 Foolproof Ideas For An Epic Play Garden For Your Kids

I don’t know about you, but our garden has been invaluable to us over the years. Weve been through a huge array of toys and equipment and as we start to set up our garden again for outdoor play this Spring, I thought I’d let you in on some of our favourites.

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So where to start

Now the weathers looking better the kids will be back playing outside, if your kids are like mine they get so fed up with the same boring equipment in the garden.

Start by overhauling your activities and equipment. We started by looking at what was the most popular activity and hands down for us it’s a swing set.

Swing set.

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We used to have a metal framed one but it seemed to rust quickly and I was buying a new one every year. Being a child minder has its effect on equipment and it wasn’t big enough for the amount of use it saw so we invested in this.

Plum Products Colobus Triple Swing Set

It is Amazing, it’s so solid and the kids can go higher on it without worrying about squeaking hinges.

Ours came with a 10 year guarantee too. The kids love being able to all play together instead of taking turns. I’m so glad we went for this.

 

Play Gym.

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Another investment we made is this play gym. Originally for the kids when they were little but as you can see it still gets used by everyone as a seat, a den or even part of an obstacle course. It’s well used now but here’s the newest version.

Little Tikes Junior Activity Gym

A see saw and round-about

 

Hedstrom Roundabout Seesaw

These are also great if you have space as every child through my door loves them. They also become included in every roleplay game and activities.

Scooters.


3Style Scooters® RGS-1 Little Kids Three Wheel Kick Scooter In Blue – Perfect for Children Aged 3+ – LED Light-Up Wheels, Foldable Design, Adjustable Handles & Lightweight Construction

These are great as all kids love them, they’re great for gross motor skills and balance and a lot easier to use and store than bikes. They’re also easier to carry or pop in the car if your little one gets fed up. Storage is easy too.

Bikes


Chicco Bullet Balance Bike – Red

Bikes are a wonderful addition to outdoor activities. We are lucky to have a spare piece of ground behind our home where the kids can get out and cycle their hearts out. Bikes can be tricky to get the hang of for younger kids though so maybe start with a balance bike. This is the one my son started with and he was riding his bike confidently without stabilizers by 3 and a half years old.

 Sand and water table.

Sand and Water Fold-away Play Table

This sand and water table has given us hours of fun. We use it indoors as a sensory table filling it with dried lentils, Rice, dried peas or pom-poms etc all sorts of things to stimulate but it’s fantastic outdoors for sand, water, mud or even water beads. The lid means this table can double up as a toddler activity table for play dough and arts and crafts too and its easy to clean. Win win.

Bouncy castle or some bouncers.


Orange Junior Space Hopper 38cm 15 inch (also available in Red Yellow Blue Green and Pink)

 Anything bouncy is always a hit with any age of child. We have space hoppers for racing each other with and Pogo sticks. What could you bounce with?

Trampoline.

Another bouncing activity. This is a favourite for the kids who will happily bouncy all day and night if left to it. They lounge on it when hot and hide under it during games. Make sure you have room for it before you buy one and remember it’ll need tied down if you’re in a windy area.

 Large slide.


Hedstrom Wavy Slide

 A slide is a wonderful addition to any garden. From little kids to adults we all love to slide don’t we? Ok, Maybe just me ? But kids love it! It’s also for games the kids make up. Get away slides and obstacle course goop slide etc. The little ones love to climb them just as much as they love to roll balls and toys down them.

Climb frame.


Lifetime 90136 Dome Climber (Earthtone)

 This climbing frame is one we are adding this year, it’ll be a fantastic addition to our space. The children love to climb and usually climb trees in the woods but this will give them the practice without leaving home.

Hanging pods
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Temlum Hanging Kids Pod Swing Seat Nook Tent – Child Hammock Nest for Indoor and Outdoor Use- Includes Hardware (Red)

We LOVE these hanging pods for kids. We have decided to get 3 of them to hang from the big tree in our garden. They offer kids a quiet place to be alone as well as a fun place to play. Wonderful idea  and will be well used here.

Play tunnel.


Pop Up Play Tunnel by Kid Active

A play tunnel is a great addition to our garden. Little kids love to hide and slide under things so this tunnel is fab.

Basket ball net.

The older kids have asked for this one this year. I’m excited to see how they will take to it. We’ve gone for the stand alone type of net but you can get a much cheaper one that fixes to the outside of your walls.

Rocking horse

This little guy has been best friend to all my kids. He’s been out in all weathers too and still looks like new.

He’s also small enough he can be brought indoors on wet days too.

Football goals.

6′ x 4′ FORZA Football Goal “Locking Model” – [The ONLY GOAL that can be left outside in any weather] [Net World Sports]

Easy to erect goals are a must if you have boys. My sister had one of these for my nephew and I’ve finally gotten round to getting this for our kids. It can be left outdoors in all weathers !!!

Play house


Indoor & Outdoor Summer Garden Happy House Kids Fun Playhouse

Some place for the kids of their own is a good idea, whether it is a shed, play house or a willow tee pee, somewhere for kids to hide away and think when the mood takes them. We have the pink version of the house above and the along with the mud kitchen. they spend most of their time out in this in all weathers.

Low cost ideas

 

Leave a small area wild

Kids love wild corners they can play and imagine in. Maybe a wildlife area, small but safe wildlife pond or pot area? Plant some wildlife friendly plants and let your child watch and see what comes to visit.

Natural loose play bits

This is the basis of most of the play in our garden,

  • stones,
  • pinecones
  • Small twigs and sticks
  • conkers and other large seeds
  • wood slices large and small.

Anything that can become whatever the kids dream they can be, from stuff to sell in a shop, to food to serve to people, or  to builders rubble for diggers to move. Encourage their imaginations with some loose parts like this.

Tree stumps

Use tree stumps to for a variety of uses; seats. tables, balancing beams, stepping-stones across the hot lava. The list is endless.

Cable reels

 

Cable reels are wonderful and have endless possibilities. This idea from  teachmemommy is a fantastic use of a cable drum as a farm play centre. Just some paint and some imagination work wonders. I guess you could double this one up with tree stumps too if you sat and painted one up.

 

Mud kitchen.

This mud kitchen is a fantastic addition we added this Spring. All the kids love it (as you can see by the mess its in) that its well-played with. We don’t use it for mud however, just water but we keep all the toy food and kitchen toys out here. Instead of buying one though you could collect old pallets people usually throw away and use the wood to make this quite easily. Charity shops and thrift stores are great places for finding utensils and old cutlery etc too.

Tin Can Alley


iBaseToy Tin Can Alley Garden Games – 10 Tin Cans and 3 Beanbags Included – Outdoor Garden Toys Party Games for Kids Toddler Boys

This is a hit every summer with the kids. The set we bought is above but you could just as easily make one from crisp tubes with lids on or tin cans. Sometimes we change the faces depending on the season, Halloween faces, easter eggs etc. We just add our own stickers to the cans.

Have somewhere to sit.

It’s not essential, especially if you have tree stumps or a picnic rug but id think about some sort of seating if you can. older kids just wanna chat most of the time so give them somewhere to connect to each other.

Repurpose old tyres

Why not try painting them and filling them with soil to make a mini garden for your kids to play in with mini tools or make a fairy garden or stones for the kids to dig in with their toy diggers?

Think about what you have available and what you can repurpose and go from there. You DON’T need to spend a lot of money to make a fun play garden.

Have a chalk board

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A blackboard is wonderful for all kids as they can draw and get creative, either on the board or on the pavement.

Buy a pot of chalk board paint and it’ll last years. Just paint over a smooth board with a few coats of paint and you have a great addition to your garden.

Ours is used for drawing, keeping points in games. writing messages to each other and so much more.

We attached our board to the garden gate so it’s not taking up space and it’s easy to access.

DIY Obstacle courses.

This doesn’t require any specific equipment. If you have something to climb over, jump from, go under, and run around you can make an obstacle course from anything. The kids here love to compete worth each other so we have different obstacles each time and they ask to be timed to see who is the fastest.

  • Run from one end of the garden to the other
  • Now jump through each swing
  • Balance along the beam
  • Run round the cones backwards then jump over the chute and through the finish line.

Somewhere to store it all after play.

We use a garage and a shed but think carefully about the space you have to store your equipment before buying it.

 

So there’s my 27 Foolproof Ideas For An EPIC Play Garden For Your Kids! Every kid on the block will wanna come and play!

Here’s a quick re-cap

1. Assess what you have

2. Look at your childs interests

3. Look at what you can make and repurpose

4. Only buy what you can afford and have space for. If you can’t fit in that giant trampoline then don’t! Just visit a trampoline park occassionally!!

Let me know if there is anything you would add to this list!! Remember to PIN this for later !!

Epic play garden for kids

 

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