Ideas and Inspiration for the Children’s area

I have been researching and looking and dreaming of how we can make our Children’s play area fun this summer.  I want to get the most bang for our buck when it comes to thier area.  Some of that play equipment you can buy is so expensive, and alot of it just does not last. 

Here is a view of our yard with the play area from last spring. 

We had a rather nice fort/swing set in that area last summer.  We realized as the summer progressed, Lucas was waaaay to young to safely use it, and Ezra was quickly outgrowing it, making it quite dangerous for him too.  It was a lose-lose.  So we donated it and are back to square one.

I am really inspired by The Princess and the Frog Blogs lovely childrens area.  It is so sweet and green.  Make sure you pop over to her blog and see how cute it is.  We are in the west and things are not quite that green here and we do not have those lovely shade trees.  I will need to improvise a bit.

Here are some things I would like to incorporate in the children’s area.

Color- in the form of paint on the fencing maybe? Maybe some big whimsical flowers painted on the fence?  Not sure?

Sand- we have  a nice wooden Sandbox/Sailboat from The Company Store that just needs to be repainted as it is from when Ezra was 3.  It looks like this one… but three years older.

Shade- Right now there are no trees shading that area.  I am kind of obsessed with the idea of a shade sail over there.  We do not have any nice shade trees in that part of our yard, so a shade sail would be the quickest way to shade.  I think they look stylish and a bit whimsy.  Anyone used or seen one before?

Climbing wall- I have a vision of a short climbing wall along the back fence.  They have one at Ezra’s school and he loves it.

I really love the Kettler See Saw.  It is really well made according to the reviews.  It has bucket seats instead of a simple platform to sit on, which makes it much safer for toddlers and older children.  I think it would be a great addition to the area as well.  You can find the one below here.

Music?-  I am picturing some sort of chimes or tubes or something they can play over there that is a permanent fixture.  I will see what I can find for that.  I will probably have to diy something.  All of the premade ones I have found are for commercial use and are around $3000.  Eeek.  This one below can be found here.


Flowers- I am picturing some pretty potted plants over thier that the boys can plant and water.  I think it would be good for Ezra to be responsible for caring for some of the plants himself.

Here is what the area looks like now. 

Can you see it?  Can you see it?  I can…

Any other brilliant ideas for me?

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Ideas and Inspiration for the Children’s area — 4 Comments

  1. Anna, there has got to be some way to diy something right? I am thinking bells or something? Maybe even just piping cut at different lengths.
    Thanks for the inspiration with your garden, I can’t wait to see what we can do.

  2. Oh my goodness. What wonderful ideas you have here! I love the musical pipes idea- let’s collaborate and see what we can come up with!

    You will absolutely love having a space like this. I seriously think it was the best thing we did for our children! I’m already dreaming of it this year…

  3. I think you’ll make it beautiful and with Paul and your Dad’s mad-handy skills, you could come up with a wonderful backyard with just a little out of pocket! Here’s to creating!

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