Children need to play and complex environments help them develop. Outdoor play equipment tends to be quite expensive. These game sets are so expensive, you practically need a loan just to get one for your garden! No problem. If you are creative and have some tools, there are many amazing things you can create for children to play with. Make your own DIY playground that kids will love much more than any of the made-up, expensive sets you can buy.
1. Play Pit
Create a circle with large stones, logs or bricks. Remove one or two inches of soil in the circle to create a shallow pit. Fill this with gravel and now you have a play pit that is perfect for toy cars and trucks. Kids can have fun playing with small dump trucks and construction vehicles in the open area.
2. Tire toys
The classic tire swing is a must-have DIY playground for some, but why stay there? Get a large truck or tractor tire and you are ready to make a saw. Saw the tire in half with someone saw. Completely sand a long wooden plank that is no wider than 6 inches. Nail the cut ends of the deck directly to the center of the plank and you have a cool DIY seesaw that is much cheaper than anything you can buy in a store.
Get a new tire and fill it with sand or gravel, or a combination of both, to make a tetherball. All you need is a long metal or plastic rod or a long, straight stick that is very robust. Bury this in the middle of the sand / gravel and attach a large plastic ball to the top of the stick with a long rope or a long piece of yarn. Now you are ready for bouncing, athletic fun.
Make a permanent hop track with large, flat stones, concrete pavers or even old tiles. Paint them in vibrant colors and paint the numbers one to 10 on them in bright white to put a hop path wherever you want.
4. Create a music wall
Get old pots and pans, lids, frying pans and everything metallic you can get your hands on and nail these objects on an old fence, gate or even just a piece of plywood. Suddenly you have a music wall. Children can hit the various objects with a stick to make sound, something they love to do. This is a lot more fun for kids to play with than it is for adults to hear, so you may want to get some earplugs with your music wall!
5. Mini Racetrack
This project takes some hard work but the end results can be rewarding. Dig a path for a toy track somewhere in your garden. The road only needs to be about two inches deep and can be in any shape you want, from a simple circle or figure eight to something intricate with lots of turns.
Once the track has been excavated, mix the cement with black oxide powder to make the track. Cut strips of tarp to set the pit, fill it with about an inch of gravel and fill it with your DIY asphalt material. You can draw lines on the road surface with chalk when it is dry and just like that you have a fantastic mini-racing track that is perfect for small cars and trucks. Kids can have all kinds of fun driving their cars around the track.
6. Boat-shaped sandbox
An old rowing boat is fun waiting to happen. Fill it with sand and you have a DIY sandbox that is even more fun for children because it is a bit unusual. You can even add a flagpole with a high and sturdy stick. Attach a pirate flag and children can have lots of fun playing buried treasure in the sand.
7. Safe balance beam
Get two 2x4s and a saw and you are ready to create a safe balance beam. Cut a 2×4 into three parts and lay them out in a row horizontally. Place the intact 2×4 vertically over the horizontal supports and secure the pieces together with wooden nails. Place it anywhere in the yard and you have a balance beam.
A DIY playhouse can be better than any of the pre-played play sets and encourage children to use their imagination. They will be active, artistic and have a chance to enjoy some really unique toys that no other child they know will have. Be careful though! Once you have built a fantastic DIY playground, your garden can be the place all the kids want to visit.