We all know how great it is to get out and about with our children. The fresh air can instantly calm impending tantrums or sulks, and it can certainly turn a bad mood into a more positive one. However, it isn’t always possible to get to the park or to a wonderful open space, but it shouldn’t stop you enjoying being outside. Many people have access to some sort of outdoor area at their home. But it isn’t always a family-friendly space to utilise. Which is why I thought I would share with you some of the tips that will help you create one.
Think about how your children will use the space
Most parents will agree that having a safe outdoor environment for their children to enjoy is a huge bonus to your day. Fresh air can really make all the difference. So if you are planning on improving your garden to make it more user-friendly for your children, then perhaps spend some time focusing on how your children might sue the space. Will they have an abundance of toys means a flat surface would be ideal? Or perhaps they want the space to run freely meaning a good lawned area would be good? Having their goals in your mind will help you achieve the perfect space for your family. In fact, hiring well-trained professionals, such as the ones from Hammer Excavations, to help you in achieving your landscaping and gardening goals can be such a huge difference-maker.
Enjoying being outside for more activities
It isn’t always about running around, sliding on slides or playing with toys outside, it can be about having a functional space for other activities such as eating and relaxing as a family. This is when a garden sofa or dining area could really come in handy in your garden. Children will always be excited to enjoy a normal task in a different way.
Considered raised flower beds
Often a garden will have flowers border around the lawned area, however, when children play they may get subject to small feet trampling over them. This is why it may be a good idea to consider adding raised flower beds. It’s also a great way to encourage children to learn about growing things. They can help you with the flower beds with it being a more manageable level for them.
Storage, storage, storage
Children inherit a lot of toys in the home, but the same can be said for the garden. As summer arrives out comes the bikes, the slides and other things like a sand pit or paddling pool. It’s a good idea to have a decent storage option so that they can be tidied away. Much like you do in your home, getting the garden back to normal after a day of play encourages relaxation, even if you are still outside enjoying the evening.
Built in play spaces
If you have space, you may want to consider things like a built in sand pit, swing set or even a treehouse style play area. These are all great additions to a garden. However, it’s always worth considering the age of your children to ensure that what you do install is adequate and safe for them to use freely.
I hope these tips help you create a family-friendly garden.