In all the hustle and bustle of the last few months I completely forgot to share the outdoor play area we created for the kids. Take a look……
When my husband and I purchased our house pre-children, we were happy with its small yard. We were young and didn’t want the upkeep of a bigger lot. It is perfectly located across the road from a massive park, so we knew that when kids came along, that having a small yard didn’t mean they would miss out. But since having kids we have realised that having space for them to play in the yard is still important. Wanting to inject some more kids space into our place, we set about utilising our almost unused side of our house.
This side of the house was only ever accessed to hang laundry. It only housed some pots and a mostly unused water tank. There is no lawn, just stones. Sorry, I didn’t even think about taking a ‘before’ photo!
My husband, bless Him, started with grand plans for softfall cover and a fort but I had to reign in the enthusiasm. The truth is we are outgrowing our house. We have two small boys now who will soon grow into big boys. We will need to bite the bullet soon and move, so any kid’s space additions need to be easily removed for future buyers.
After removing the water tank and rearranging the pots, the space just sort of evolved. There were no solid plans, we just set about pulling together bits and pieces we thought would work.
Master O loves the sandpit at daycare so the first addition to the space was one of these. We made this by bolting together some sleepers and giving it a lick of gorgeous ‘Regatta Bay’ blue paint.
While we were painting, Master O kept himself busy dropping stones through a piece of old plumber’s pipe. My hubby, clever clogs, saw a toy in the making. The boys can now shovel the sand in the top to have it shoot out the bottom.
When at the park, both my boys love to play with the steering wheel and telescope. On a visit to my local hardware I came across these playground toys – a boat’s steering wheel, a periscope and a phone. Rather than attaching these straight to the fence, we first cut and painted a section of blueboard to hang on the fence for them to be attached to. This panel became the activity centre.
With the left over blueboard we cut it into two pieces which we also attached to the fence. Master O is learning to write, so I thought the addition of chalkboards would be a great idea. I sourced some lovely red coloured chalkboard paint to cover them.
I had a couple of Ikea Bygel rails going unused so we attached these here and hung the matching Bygel containers to hold the chalk.
We were going to leave the area as is until we stumbled across this cute picnic table. It was lovely and sturdy and had a sandpit hidden under the lid. With its addition, the area became more multi-use and an area which we could spend more time in. Now we can have morning or afternoon tea and a play out there, or retreat there to do our craft projects with less chance of mess.
We have been using this area for some months now and the boys love it. It was inexpensive and it came together in a flash. I am so glad we did it!