25 Outdoor Play Areas For Kids Transforming Regular Backyards Into Playtime Paradises


25 Outdoor Play Areas For Kids Transforming Regular Backyards Into Playtime Paradises

1. Hula Hoop Hideout

Playing in the garden in summers becomes so much more fun with these hula hoop hideouts hanging down the trees. What they have got is a twine that hangs the hoop to the tree with bedsheets pinned on the top edge. To forge this one-of-a-kind hideout all by yourself, you are going to need safety pins, a rope or twine, some tulle or ribbon, sheets, a pair of scissors, a few cushions, blankets and of course, a hula hoop. Now who needs to head to those summer camps away from home when you can build one from scratch, amazing enough to play and chill out in your very own yard.

DIY Details : alannageorge

2. Mudpie Station

Transform a corner of the patio or the yard into a true-blue mudpie-making station with a huge metal tub loaded with heaps of potting soil taken from a few terra cotta pots. If you haven’t got a metal tub, you can always go for plastic buckets. That fence board with all the tools is truly awe-inspiring, and an old table with a rough shape, having paint and scuffs on it is installed to make those lovely mud pies. A wooden drawer hanging on the board makes an excellent spice rack with tins storing odds and ends for mixing and decorating mud pies, including twigs, pinecones, pebbles, and coloured sand. Also keep spoons, water and wash bins handy.

DIY Details : mysmallpotatoes

3. Hopscotch Stepping Stones

What an adorably huge version of the classic game of Hopscotch! Concrete pavers from the local Home Depot work wonders as the stepping stones, and sprucing them up different candy-hued outdoor paints, including red, blue, green, orange, yellow, black and white makes everything oh so vibrant. And you don’t need to limit this colorful thing of creativity to games – these pavers are much more fun than a plain paper and pencil when it comes to working on some math problems with a little innovation, making learning all the way more interesting. Putting the stones together as showcased by Read Between The Lines is also a budget-friendly deal and comes under $25.

DIY Details : readbetweenthelimes


4. Tyres Defining Play Area

Tyres can be quite handy and chic when it comes to crafting super joyful early childhood settings. This set of tyres arranged in a cone-like shape serves the purpose of defining the backyard’s space dedicated to the kiddos. It’s amazing how these old repurposed motor accessories function as a unique wall with an industrial appeal, that too without actually going for any construction to get it all done. If you want to work out something a little more bright, coating the tyres with your choice of spray paints or even lining them with cushions to end up in a comfortable seating is a few extra touches you can add to the project.

DIY Details : pin.it

5. Color-Block Sandbox

Taking a look at this winsome sandbox, it seems hard to figure out that it actually is a bookcase primed and painted in a bright combination of red, light yellow and turquoise. You’ve got separate compartments to store sand, shovels and sand toys, while making it truly easy to carry the whole thing from one place to another. It all begins with dissembling and laying out all the pieces of the 3-tier shelf, followed by getting the paint job done and assembling the boards together to yield the box, adding an extra plywood to work as the lid. And yes, the compartments come with proper provision for drainage. Lastly, go creative with the painting, adding stripes and castles to the lid.

DIY Details : thehomesihavemade

6. Make a PVC Pipe Kiddie Car Wash

Those kiddie car washes aren’t a tedious task anymore when you have got this breathtaking car wash section in the yard, built out of PVC pipes. You’ll love how pool needles kitchen sponges, pom poms, and shower curtain add the final touches to this kiddie car wash that’s the most perfect summer project to make for your little ones. What pool needles do here is hug around the pipes, having a few extra ones attached to the pom pom handles to make an archway, while a the shower curtain goes for the dryer end. If the decorations weren’t already pretty enough, sponges cut and stringed into stars adorn the structure even better.

DIY Details : craftymorning


7. Outdoor Play Space

A dedicated outdoor play space that’s totally free from all the dirt and mud from the yard, covering a square piece of land with a nice and soft carpet after digging, removing bricks and levelling the surface to lay down the carpet. The wooden wall around the turf and little planters define the area with perfection. A beautiful pink flamingo sculpture on the side and a gorgeous planter box housing bright flowers, as well as that welcome mat makes everything so much more welcoming. To store the toys, you can install a huge milk crate in the space that will drain out any water that gets in.

DIY Details : sweetlilyou

8. The Old Boat Sand Pit

Take the kiddos into a magical world that looks just like a frame from The Voyage of the Dawn Treader – a wooden boat disguised as a one-of-a-kind vintage sand pit, apt and appropriate to play pirates ! Surrounded by sand from all the sides, the boat with chipped paint and rustic textures standing in a ring of old sandstone pavers is truly an enchanting and wondrous place for a child, where he or she will cherish a sang beach kinda essence right in the yard, even if you don’t have access to an actual beach. Apart from building sand structures, it’s all they need to play sailing around the world.

DIY Details : twolittlepirates

9. Art + Outdoors = Artdoorsy

It’s a pretty cool idea to get the kids indulged in some outdoor artsy projects, blending creativity with play time and giving the kids a perfect place to create stunning artworks. That outdoor chalkboard installed on the garden fence has been rightly clubbed with a hanging bucket loaded with a whole bundle of colorful chalks. A hardi-board coated in some chalkboard paint would work wonders to get it all done, just make sure you keep the dimensions of your garden fence in mind. To add an element of refinement, you can always build a frame around the board using some old pieces of wood and spray paint.

DIY Details : projectdenneler


10. Build a Green Bean Tepee

Highly long-lasting and strong plastic covered steel stakes form the perfect frame for the green bean teepee with poles placed into large terracotta pots that are spray painted in a bright green coat. Heavier weight sisal twine is used to tie the tops together and wrap around the structure to form a framework for the green beans. Going for terra cotta pots instead of digging holes and planting in the soil elevates the tepee, making sure you don’t lose much space in the yard. What you need to do to ensure stability and weight to your pots is to fill the bottom with gravel before loading potting soil.

DIY Details : happinessishomemade

11. Make a Music Wall

Let your innovation loose and grab household items and a few percussive instruments that can make a great sound when rubbed, plucked, or struck. All you need to do is fix them to the fence, ending up with your kid’s very own Music Wall. Some of the most surprising yet amazing installations on the wall include a xylophone with a few bars missing, an old bicycle wheel that makes interesting sounds when the kids take a small metal spatula to the spokes, lots of pots and plates from the kitchen, a bunch of old container caps, a metal lattice, a simple wooden rolling pin and an ice-cube tray.

DIY Details : prekandksharing

12. Pallets + Logs = Teepee

Encourage your little adventurer’s natural flow of play by integrating this fluid, rustic and child-friendly habitat into your backyard. The teepee sports wooden pallets fixed on logs installed in a pyramid fashion. The floor has also been lined with pallets, and if you add a cozy rug or carpet inside, you are going to have a super comfy place to relax and spend hours at leisure. The pallets are arranged on the frame in a way that the structure has sufficient space to function as doorway. Introduce a splash of color if you don’t want to stick to the idea of rustic for these unique playhouses.

DIY Details : 1001pallets


13. Biking Ramp

A homemade ramp built using wooden pallets makes those bike riding experiences challenge-loaded for the kids. It’s amazing how such an easy-to-build and simplified structure can make bicycling full of adventures and learning – whether it’s cycling up the ramp, taking turns, staying straight, keeping your back wheels away from the edge, or being aware of splinters. A few large tyres have been laid at the bottom of the ramp to achieve the perfectly curved shape. How realistic you want to make things totally depends on the kind of decor elements you accompany your DIY ramp with.

DIY Details : swiftlymorgan

14. Outdoor Table From Pallets

Glass tables are surely not a good idea when you have got kids, specially when you install one outdoors. Comes to your rescue, this yellow-coated table built using lumber and pallets that’s surprisingly cheap and strong. To complete the project, you don’t need to spend more than $40, ending up in a highly durable structure. Taking things one step further and integrating hours of recreation to the table, you can add a hammock underneath that the kids will love to hang out in. Even those blue-colored benches accompanying the table have been built using some more pallets, except for their lumber wood legs.

DIY Details : littlebitfunky

15. DIY Outdoor Car Track

Looking exactly like the roads outside with white lines painted in the middle of these grey bricks using white outdoor paint, this car track can add that out-of-the-box factor to your yard. The bricks sinking into the sand have been clubbed with lots of pebbles, plants, people, wooden blocks and mini cars that add the perfect final touches to the track. Make sure you plan out your path before actually going for the paint job for the bricks. Head to the below inspiration by Niccola on Tuesday to make the process a lot more easier.

DIY Details : niccolaontuesday


16. Backyard Play Area Ideas

Here’s a whole guide to personalising your backyard into a playtime paradise for your little ones. Whether it’s a toy car road built with edging blocks,  an amazing weather-proofed custom chalkboard, an easy-to-make sandbox, colorful mini playhouses, or a mysterious toy car tunnel made out of PVC pipes with an entrance arch lined with lots of pebbles, a water heater drip pan transformed into the perfect pool for kids to play with toy boats, this one has you covered. The below guide from Lowe’s takes you through the construction in utmost detail with step-by-step instructions.

DIY Details : lowes

17. Pool Noodle Race Track

It perhaps, can’t get better than these DIY race tracks when it comes to making match-box cars seem absolutely cool! Simply cut a large foam pool noodle into half, laying the pieces side by side and joining them with toothpicks by inserting the sticks where the two halves touch each other. The key is to hold the noodle tracks tight together, further clipping the ends of the toothpicks with nose pliers flush to the noodle. What deserves a special mention here is those tiny flags decorating the edges of the track – it’s actually cardstock paper attached on toothpicks yet again.

DIY Details : ramblingsfromutopia

18. Backyard Race Car Track

Once you have marked the race track and excavated it a little, all you need to do is create a smooth surface using sand, cement, some Black Oxide Powder used to bring out the dark color to the track, and bricktor that prevents any cracks in the concrete, taking the few simple steps explained by The Whoot as the foundation. The author claims that there will be endless hours of fun to come with this Race Car Track and it’s a piece of cake to build. The lane markings, start tag and the safety barrier are utmost perfection. Lastly, put some flags near the finish line and make the track race-ready.

DIY Details : thewhoot


19. Beach in the Backyard

Who really needs to hit the beach when you can bring everything about that chilling experience right into your backyard? All it takes is this awesome sandbox built out of an old 7feet by 7 feet box placed in the yard after you have removed all the dirt and stones. While you have got landscaping fabric secured to the bottom of the box, a lovely awning made from duck cloth attached on a PVC pipe frame provides for a shady play time. Simply fill the box with sand, and add color to the bright shade of the painted pipes with a decorative pennant banner.

DIY Details : wraysist3rs

20. Kids Sand and Water Table

If you can’t find the perfect water table for your toddler, it’s time to repurpose an old sink into one. The sink gets a new life by adding a base of wooden boards from lumber where the sink sits in, legs made out of scrap pieces of wood and a cute pink bucket storing garden tools. The project also adds a shelf underneath the sink in order to store buckets and toys – all by creating slats with wooden pieces in an alternating pattern. Lots of enamel spray paint in lovely white and gorgeous minty blue cover all the scratches and other flaws, while keeping the paint intact is all thanks to a clear protective coat.

DIY Details : remodelaholic

21. Construction Site Gravel Pit

This construction themed play area adds an imaginative element to your yard, while being so easy to put together. Create a small circle patch using some logs, large rocks and bricks, finally filling it with a bag full of aquarium gravel. To bring out a few extra details, all you need to do is add one set of gorgeous, some tiny construction vehicles that will go on long interesting journeys within the site and a few larger pebbles and stones to the gravel pit. Adding some small play people can make everything even more fun, letting the kids use them to build conversations and go for amazing storytelling.

DIY Details : theimaginationtree


22. DIY Backyard Climbing Wall

Combining daily exercise with great fun is what climbing walls do with utmost ease, specially if it stands in your very own yard. The base has been built out of pressure treated plywood and exterior use wood, put together using exterior wood screws. Colorful climbing holds and that artistic wall painting coated with semi-gloss clear coat spray paint are simply stunning. You must keep the safety factor in mind when it comes to the size of the wall, so keeping it about 7 feet tall, adding rubber mulch and using an inflatable mattress as needed is recommended.

DIY Details : impatientlycrafty

23. Backyard Ball Run

It’s surprise-worthy how a few simple pieces of plastic guttering and mounting brackets end up in a wonderful marble run when mounted to the garden fence – all inspired by Learning Through The Clutter. Before the mounting, you can always coat the pieces with bright colors of plastic spray paint. Gather a few items to drop in for the marble run, including steel fishing sinkers, fishing bobbers producing a cool a rattle sound, colorful gemstones, some squinkies and some landscaping rocks. You may also need some scoops, funnel, a squirt bottle, and bucket for dumping water down the gutters.

DIY Details : learningthroughtheclutter

24. Giant Reclaimed Wooden Blocks

Whether you arrange them to form a challenging obstacle course or simply put them to use for building towers and stepping stones – these giant reclaimed wooden blocks are going to be a sure-shot hit every single time. These are basic chunks of wood sanded painted with cute colors once they have been sanded to achieve a smooth texture. When it comes to building stuff with these blocks, the possibilities are absolutely endless and it’s all a matter of your child’s imagination coming to life! The bigger the collection – the better is the construction!

DIY Details : filthwizardry


25. Modern DIY Outdoor Playhouse

Let your outdoor space make an ultra-chic and rustic statement with this DIY outdoor playhouse customized for your little sports stars! It features a climbing ladder, a folding table and some stools made out of leftover birch wood, a chalkboard and windows that together add loads of versatility to the nice and open space, housing a whole bunch of toys like rhythm sticks and tambourine shakers. Speaking of the outside, the playhouse is clubbed with a picnic table, and few pretty planters painted in bright hues. A round black rug adds comfort to the space, while the kiddos are busy using the table as a mini stove.

DIY Details : sweetpotatopeachtree

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