Having a child of any age and a small house can be challenging. Kids need to run around and release their energy, or they will be hyperactive. If you have a garden, you can turn it into a paradise for kids, and make the most out of your space, chances are that your outdoors needs an overhaul. From garden nooks to a playground, a play house, and a small vegetable patch, there are several ways you can keep your little ones occupied and entertained. Below you will find a few tips on how to get started.
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One of the things you will have to remember is that kids love being entertained. They need the space, but they also need inspiration and ways of exploring their environment. You don’t have to make a big deal out of it; simply add a playground with outdoor toys and safety flooring, or allow them to create a craft shed at the bottom of the garden. A small play house with a TV and a few tables for crafts will also serve you well when it is wet and miserable outside, but you don’t want the kids to be stuck in the house.
It is important that you keep your kids safe when they are outside. Install a gate that can be locked and can’t be opened by kids. You will also have to check the ground is level, and talk to a tree surgeon about cutting back old and dangerous trees. If you have a rockery or a ground that is not level, maybe your property is on a hill, you might need to invest in Retaining Walls, so you can protect your property and your kids at the same time, and keep people out of your garden when you let the children play out.
You don’t want your garden to look like everybody else’s. Make sure that you use your creativity when you design the landscape and the layout. If you are planning on getting a patio, try less traditional materials and designs. You could get your kids to help you with installing solar fairy lights, making masonic jars, or decorating the walls. This will make them feel more engaged with the space, and keep them busy for a while, too.
If you would like to teach your kids to look after wildlife, it might be a good idea to set up wildlife friendly areas in your garden and encourage the little ones to look after them. From hedgehogs to small insects and mammals, as well as birds, you can attract multiple species, even if you are living in the city. You will need to find out about the perfect hiding and nesting place for the animals that are present in your area, and recreate them in your garden. You should also help the kids set up cameras or capture the footprints of various animals.
Protect Your Plants
When you have young kids, you can’t expect them to be careful around the flower beds and vegetable patch. You can set up a trellis around it, so you can take care of the plants, as well as allowing your kids to run around and play ball games freely without being told off about breaking something or damaging your plants. Kids will be kids, and you can’t make them suit in the corner all day. If they do it for five seconds, consider yourself lucky. Protect your plants instead of limiting your kids’ activities.
Protect Your Kids from Plants
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It is also important that you protect your kids from the plants. There might be some poisonous ones in your garden, and toddlers are famous for trying everything. Get rid of the berries that can be reached by kids on the shrubs and bushes, but leave them on higher up, so you can attract wildlife. You should always check the description of the plants you are getting for your garden, so you can protect your kids from accidents. You might also want to get rid of prickly plants and trees that can hurt them.
If you don’t want to worry about your kids playing outside, you don’t just have to secure the perimeter, but also add privacy. You don’t want strangers to talk to your little ones from the street. Some kids are self conscious, and don’t like being overlooked. A privacy fence or even a reed screen around your garden or your patio will solve this problem and help you make your kids feel safe when playing in the garden.
Connect the Indoors and Outdoors
It is important that you can keep an eye on your kids every minute, as – no matter how safe your garden is – they will find trouble easily. If you don’t have a large patio door that allows you to have a full view of the back garden from the living room or the garden, it might be time to talk to builders and invest in your home improvements. You will not only feel more connected with the outdoors, but also get more natural light in the house.
Make It Suitable for Parties
If you only have one child, or there is an age gap between your kids, you will need to make your home and your garden suitable for kids’ parties. You don’t need a lot of things to keep them entertained when they are around; friends make everything more interesting and enjoyable. You should set up a patio for entertainment and food, so you don’t have to clean up after messy eaters. You might also consider adding a playhouse to your garden, so you can keep the kids busy even when the weather is not treating you right, and you are busy in the house.
Your garden should be child friendly and suitable for entertaining your kids. Consider safety, entertainment, and add some great creative features to your landscape. Improve your garden’s security and privacy, and you can keep an eye on the little ones having fun and fresh air.
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