When changing your yard so that the environment is as friendly as possible for a child, you need to consider a few points:
- Leave enough open space
One thing that is often forgotten when planning a playground in the yard is the open space. A smooth, spacious grass site suitable for sport and various games is necessary. It is worth considering even the installation of a synthetic grass cover for a playground. It is long lasting, like a genuine coating, which does not require maintenance and support.
Open playgrounds offer a wide variety of mobile games. Some trees around the yard’s perimeter are an advantage. In addition to providing a shadow, trees can serve as hiding-place, and a hammock can be installed between two trees.
- The boundaries of the playground
A fence is the most common solution when it comes to keeping children in the yard and protecting them from strangers. It is also suitable the hedges, stone or brick walls, which can also serve as amusements, for example, as a holder of basket boards. The walls can be decorated with nets, luminaires, creating an attractive environment for children.
It is necessary to cover the pools and other water bodies if young children play nearby. Fences also help keep the toys in one area and avoid biking outside the playground.
- Specialized playgrounds
Specialized game areas can be arranged fairly inexpensive. A wide, covered ground can be turned into a basketball or soccer field. Mark with paints the boundaries of the site. One of the most valuable playgrounds is the sandbox, which is also suitable for games with trucks and shovels, and for sand cakes – the simple sand can be an endless source of hours of creative pleasure. The sand is easy to wash, but its box needs care. The sandbox should be with a cover protecting not only the precipitation, wind but also from the animal stools.
A large variety of playground equipment with slides, swings, ladders, and ropes. Select equipment that does not require much maintenance. The more you plan to spend, the more important is the choice of equipment that is compatible with changing children – from infants to schoolchildren – their wishes and needs. You can allow the older children to participate in the design and construction of wooden ramps for skates or skateboards.
The price of playgrounds depends on the materials used for production and the number of attractions (only sandbox or also the swing, ladders, climbing wall, etc.). Tighter, more durable and more expensive are wooden structures, plastic ones are cheaper.
- Arbor and Shelter
Another spark to ignite the natural creativity of children is a small, closed, room-like space. A small hiding place works perfectly when the playground is getting boring or the game is interrupted by the rain. The special small home, a shelter under the staircase, a pergola or tree is a great place for real or imagined adventures.
- Add a “wet” entertainment in the playground in the summer
Everything is suitable from the stationary to simple inflatable pools and lawn sprinklers. A little water makes wonders during the hottest summer months.
Through the imagination, even the most boring courtyard can be turned into a fun place for games.Place a bench or a table with chairs at the playground. As long as the children play, you can comfortably watch them and relax at the same time.