Now that Winter is behind us, and the thought of undertaking some of the tasks in the garden that you’ve been putting off for months has become more appealing, many homeowners with young families will be looking at ways of making the garden more child friendly.
You may have recently moved into your home and want to make it a more useable space for your children, or perhaps you’ve recently become parents and want to transform your existing home. Either way, we thought we’d provide some timely tips on how to make your garden more child friendly, particularly if you are keen to encourage the kids to enjoy the outdoors without an electronic screen. Here’s some ideas:
Create a sandpit
A sandpit or sandbox is a play space that can provide hours of fun for children and is relatively easy to create. There are plenty of ready-made options and kits available from retailers, or you can build one yourself with a few lengths of timber to contain the sand. Just be sure to use sand that comes washed and screened.
Everyone loves a ‘cubby house’
When it comes to firing a child’s imagination, few options are more effective than a cubby house, or even a tree house. If you’re handy, you could get the kids involved in building one. Even if you don’t have a tree in the backyard, there are kits available for elevated structures, just as there are all sorts of cubby-house kits if your talents don’t extend to designing one yourself. Even deciding on colours and painting the walls is something the kids can enjoy taking part in.
Getting in the swing of things
If you have a tree in the backyard, (the one you’re considering building a treehouse in), one of the simplest ways of making your garden more child friendly is to hang a rope swing on it. Of course, if you don’t have a tree, there are all sorts of prefabricated swing sets in metal, timber and plastic available. You might even find one that includes a cubby house, a slide or a climbing gym.
One of the easiest ways to teach children about the natural world around them is to allocate a small section of the garden for them to grow their own garden. They could grow their own vegetables, (a great way to teach them where food comes from), or some flowers. Just be sure to keep an eye on their plant choices, as anything with spikes or thorns could put them off for life!
Making a child friendly move
If you are planning on moving to a new house with young children this Spring, it is worth thinking about ways to make the move with as little stress and upheaval as possible. If you need help achieving that goal, don’t hesitate to give our team at Ian Reid Vendor Advocates a call on 9430 0000. You’ll also find lots of helpful tips in our FREE booklet, “FATAL REAL ESTATE TRAPS EXPOSED”, which you can download direct from this website.