Backyard Playgrounds

Backyard Playgrounds

There are many benefits to having your own personal playground right in your backyard. It provides a way for the children to get out of the house, have some fun and get exercise without having to go far. This helps parents know their children are safe by staying active and happy at the same time. With your own equipment, you can choose what features and accessories to include or avoid based on your kids’ preferences, ages, and restrictions. Before you make the decision to install a kids playground, consider a few important points.

Age Appropriate

First, keep the age of the children that will be playing on the equipment in mind before you decide on one model over another. A school-aged child playground will be different from a toddler’s. Children become more capable as they grow and more able to handle a large set of equipment. If you children at both these ages, never worry. It is simple to find equipment that has a toddler swing accessory options so everyone can play at the same time. As your children grow, you can make required additions and alterations to the kids’ play area so it continues to develop as your children grow.  Here are some ideas.

The Right Space

How much space is it available in your backyard? If you have a large yard, there is no concern. Many new homes, however, have limited backyard space. You should not place kids playground equipment neighboring any structure they could fall and injure themselves on. For proper safety precautions, trees, fences and the home itself should be six to nine feet from the playset. While the playground should not be set nearby a fence, it is often desirable to ensure you have a fenced in yard if you choose to install a play area. If you live near a busy street, it becomes even more important in preventing excited kids from running across the street.

Surface Materials

You should consider the surfacing material you want to include under your kids’ playground as well. Rubber mulch is a newly popular material over sand, wood chips and rocks. Children will fall you can’t avoid it. What you can do is avoid a serious injury by utilizing a beneficial surfacing material. The grass available in your backyard may appear like a good enough cushion, however, erosion over time will wear it away. As always talk to the playground maker and seek for their professional knowledge on how to go about building a safe backyard.

Toddler Garden Toys

Toddler Garden Toys

It is a well known fact that toddlers love to play. They will run, jump, roll and laugh from morning to evening. While they enjoy playtime in any location, their best spot for play is outdoors. The outdoors are spacious and provide comfortable areas for various types of games. Garden toys are ideal entertainment features. Coming in various shapes and sizes, they offer excellent means of entertainment. Here are some of the most popular garden toys for toddlers today.

Dilly Dally Turtle Target

Designed to look like a happy turtle, the Dilly Dally Turtle Target is an ideal toy that toddlers can play with in the garden. It is similar to a dart board. However, instead of sharp darts, toddlers simply throw self-adhesive bean bags at the various sections of the board. This allows them to score points. Created by Melissa and Doug, this toy helps toddlers to have fun and improve their hand-eye coordination as well.

The Jump and Slide Bouncer

Suitable for a large garden, this is a bouncer with an extended section where the toddlers can slide off during their play time. It is often set up in malls and kids’ entertainment spots and can comfortably fit in your garden area too. The Jump and Slide Bouncer can accommodate up to 3 kids at the same time. Furthermore, it has a total weight capacity of 250lbs. There is some mesh netting on three of its sides while the fourth opens up into a sliding area. Toddlers can enjoy jumping and sliding on this toy for ages.

The Little Tikes 3 foot Trampoline

Few other garden toys improve your child’s lower body strength like this one. The Little Tikes 3 foot Trampoline is a 3 foot wide trampoline on which your child can jump on and have lots of fun. It has a handle bar over its center. As such, your toddler can jump while holding on to it. This garden toy increases their lower body strength and helps them to develop balance over time.

The Swing-a-Ring

Capable of providing hours of enjoyment, this garden toy can keep them occupied for hours. It is simply a large circular, cushioned ring with a diameter of 39.5 inches. It can be hung from a tree in the garden or any other outdoor location. The Swing-a-Ring is made of weather-resistant materials and has a weight capacity of 330lbs. Moreover, you can hang it from one or two points so as to get a smooth back and forth motion.

Play time is essential for children. It gives them an opportunity to exercise, grow and learn at the same time. The garden toys described above are ideal for this purpose. They are great options for fun in the garden.