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.
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.