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Your Back Garden, A Kids Paradise

By Tom Doerr

If you’re kids are active then its pretty natural to feel anxious letting them out on their own with the chance of getting into trouble or get themselves hurt, the answer to these troubles is to give them something that will make them want to stay at home and bring their friends too.

Unless you live in a mansion you probably don’t have the space or the patience for a bunch of screaming kids running around all day especially in the summer when they should be outside, so the obvious place is the garden. Your back garden is a secure playground for kids where you can keep an eye on what they get up to, call them back in for supper and make the rules.

If you force it upon them they will never want to stay there so in order for your kids to choose your garden as their place to be, it will need to entertain their short attention plans. There are many ways of doing this either on a budget or by splashing out.

Trampolines are a great option, they are cheap and readily available, in the last five years almost every household has ended up with one and it can provide hours of fun (for kids AND adults). It provides great exercise and does a great job of tiring that excess energy out of them. It improves their fitness, mobility and flexibility for other sports but can prove fairly dangerous and, left unsupervised, kids can easily get injured by falling off or jumping into each other. You avoid this by either buying a safety net or, if you consider that unsightly, you could always dig a hole and bury the trampoline to ground level.

A swimming pool is the best option for kids; they can never have enough fun in a pool. They can be garnished with slides, zip lines and an array of toys to keep them occupied. But if you live outside the USA this is a very expensive option. You could, however, buy a free standing pool that is above ground; these are dramatically cheaper but usually have the same running costs. If you do buy a pool be aware of the dangers it can entail, unsupervised kids will undoubtedly get themselves into trouble.

One great addition to any garden is a tree house; it can provide a humble retreat or a space shuttle depending on the imagination of the day. Children will spend every waking hour (and some sleeping ones) in these things so if you are going to make one, make it right, follow instructions and buy good materials. Make it very difficult to fall out of and consider building a slide as an exit to avoid children falling off ladders.

You can usually entertain kids with an array of outdoor playground equipment and a selection of playground design graphics like they’d find at school.

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