Guest Post Written By Jen Altrogge
How to Make Your Yard Kid Friendly
Mr. Rodgers’ Neighborhood of make believe has certainly evolved. Gone are the days of King Friday teaching kids lessons about right and wrong. The evolution of technology has made way for zombie chasing and alien fighting right in your living room.
With more addictive and interesting games being added to Facebook and Xbox every day, the motivation for children to play outside is getting alarmingly little. And we know that’s not good. The simple fact here frolicking among the juniper trees and the magnolia trees and doing physical activities as part of daily routine is essential to relieve stress to maintain a healthy a positive state of mind.
Quite naturally, it’s very important for parents to try and create outside activities that would pique their kids’ interest. A great place to start is your front yard. If your front yard satisfies your kids’ appetite for curiosity and fun, there’s a good chance they won’t look for other places or platforms. Keeping these goals in mind, here are some ideas to turn your front yard into a lively place.
Make it spacious.
It’s okay if your front yard isn’t very big; it doesn’t have to be. All you need to make sure is that you aren’t stuffing it oversized décor items. If it’s too stuffed, it won’t offer any space for play. If you clutter your yard it with ornamental decorations, your kids are going to be more concerned with avoiding accidentally damaging your décor than they should be with creating new and imaginative games to play.
Make it inviting.
Strategically placed plants are a great way to make your yard welcoming to not only your kids, but the neighborhood mob as well. If you do it well enough, you could be creating the next club house for a new generation of Little Rascals. Put a few trees in it–something colorful but not overwhelming is the ideal choice for a front yard seeking kids to play in it; juniper trees and magnolia trees are great choices. There’s a variety trees for sale online. And choose the right kind of grass. Choose comfort over texture for grass. Adding a little stream of water or a pathway made of sea shells and rocks can be interesting. See online DIY resources to get more ideas.
Install a swing.
This classic, centuries-old idea still works remarkably well. Install a swing between two large trees. In fact, get the kind of swing that’s a little different, like the one with a tire for the seat or something like that.
A fairy garden could work surprisingly well to keep your child busy. Other small toy environments that can work in this case include car race tracks, railway tracks and battlefields.
Dedicate some space to sand.
It’s a really great idea to reserve some space in your yard for activities involving sand and clay. Be it making sand castles or clay figures, these kinds of activities really bring out the creative genius in your child, not to mention they’re super-involving. Your child spends a lot of time working on something, and learns how to be persistent. And where does all that happen? In your own front yard.
Jen Altrogge is a wife, mother, and writer. You can find out more about her at her website.
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