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For children, the backyard may be a magical place. To make it unique, you don’t need to spend a lot of money; just a few minor adjustments can infuse the space with excitement and motivation. 

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Here Are Some Suggestions For Improving Your Backyard For Kids: 

1. Turn your yard into an outdoor arts and crafts station. 

Set up a picnic table, add bins filled with art supplies such as paints, markers and paper, hang a few pictures or suncatchers from the trees, and sprinkle some sparkles in the grass! 

2. Host an outdoor movie night! 

Set up a projector screen and watch classic kid-friendly films on summer nights. Make sure everyone is comfortable by providing blankets, pillows and snacks. 

3. Plant an edible garden. 

This is a great way to teach kids about growing food and nature while providing them with delicious treats! If planting from seed isn’t your thing, you can also try container gardening or investing in ready-to-plant herbs and veggies from the store. 

4. Create a cozy reading nook. 

Put up a hammock, string some fairy lights around trees, add colorful cushions to make it extra inviting, and don’t forget a few bookshelves filled with age-appropriate stories for kids of all ages! 

5. Install a pool. 

If you can afford it, installing a pool from MedHawk Pools & Patio is the ultimate summertime activity for the kids in the family. Make sure to include plenty of water toys and floats so everyone can have fun in the sun safely! 

6. Hang a tire swing. 

This classic backyard toy is always a hit with kids of all ages! Make sure to hang it from a sturdy tree and keep an eye on the kids when they’re playing. 

7. Add some natural elements into your play area. 

Whether it’s a sandbox, wooden balance beam, or rock climbing wall, adding natural elements brings life to backyards while providing quality outdoor playtime experiences for the family!

8. Create an obstacle course. 

Gather up some hula hoops, jump ropes, tape lines and other fun equipment to build an exciting course in your backyard that will keep everyone entertained for hours! 

9. Introduce animals into the mix. 

From chickens and rabbits to ducks and goats, having animals in the backyard can provide hours of entertainment for kids. Just make sure they’re properly cared for by following all the necessary regulations. 

10. Build a treehouse. 

Kids love having their own private hideout away from adults! It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate; just build it sturdy and safe so everyone can enjoy it without any worries. 

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11. Construct a fort or clubhouse out of cardboard boxes and other materials. 

This is another great way to give your kids some privacy while fostering their creativity at the same time! 

12. Invest in a trampoline! 

Kids will be bouncing off the walls with this backyard staple — just make sure to get one that fits the size of your yard, has safety features like an enclosure net, and is made from quality materials. 

13. Give your backyard a fairy tale makeover. 

You can do this by adding some simple decorations like flower arches, mushroom stools and colorful flags to transform your backyard into a magical kingdom. 

14. Put up a volleyball or badminton net. 

This is perfect for family game nights and summer barbecues! Just make sure to get one that’s durable enough to withstand the weather.

15. Install backyard lighting. 

Consider adding some string lights or tiki torches around your yard to create a festive atmosphere in the evenings — and also provide some extra safety for kids playing after dark. 

16. Turn an old trampoline into a fire pit sandbox. 

If you have an old trampoline taking up space, put it to good use by filling it with sand and turning it into a fun firepit area dedicated just for kids! 

17. Build a bird sanctuary. 

Put up a few bird feeders and bird baths in your backyard to attract some colorful feathered friends! 

18. Plant a sensory garden. 

This is the perfect way for kids to explore new plants, smells, and textures while learning about nature at the same time! Consider adding flowers with different types of petals and shapes as well as herbs with aromas that can stimulate their senses. 

No matter what you decide to do, making your backyard kid-friendly is sure to be an investment that everyone in the family will enjoy for years to come! With these 20 ideas, you’re sure to create a memorable outdoor space that makes learning fun and encourages creativity. Have fun transforming your backyard into your family’s very own playground!

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Kori is a late diagnosed autistic/ADHD mom. She is currently located in Albany, NY where she is raising a neurodiverse family. Her older daughter is non-speaking autistic (and also has ADHD and Anxiety) and her youngest daughter is HSP/Gifted. A blogger, podcaster, writer, product creator, and coach; Kori shares autism family life- the highs, lows, messy, and real. Kori brings her own life experiences as an autistic woman combined with her adventures in momming to bring you the day-to-day of her life at home. Kori is on a mission to empower moms of autistic children to make informed parenting decisions with confidence and conviction.

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