Get down and dirty. Sandboxes are fun, but imagine the entertainment value of a mud box. One do-it-yourselfer suggest having a truckload of pre-screened dirt dumped into the yard and let the kids have at it for a few weeks before using it for a landscaping project. Children have great imaginations and that pile of dirt can be plenty of things including a Mars landscape, a spot for toy soldiers to engage in battle or create a real garden and grow fresh produce all summer.
Zip to it. This project requires an extra round of safety. Zip lines are growing in popular at vacation destinations. You can create a smaller-scale version in your own yard. Attach a rope to a treehouse or swing set and have it end at a tree. There are kits available in stores to help with this, again remember safety first!
Chalk it up. If you have a fenced in yard, attach an old chalkboard to one of the panels. Give kids a variety of sidewalk chalk and let their artistic side shine with temporary works of art.
Get tired. Old tires can get new life as swings, just make sure you have trees strong enough to support the weight involved.
Make music. You don’t have to have a bunch of instruments to make music. Instead use a fence panel to attach various noise making items around the house. Wooden bowls and spoons, old pots and pans and wire cookie sheets can provide a training ground for a future Beethoven or Bon Jovi.
Get twisted. A little grass paint and a stencil can provide hours of entertainment. Turn the yard into a Twister board and let the good times roll. Don’t worry about permanent stains as the next rain will likely wash the paint away.
You’re all wet. You don’t need a pool to beat the summer heat. Tie water balloons from a clothesline or a tree branch and create a pinata experience. Or poke holes in an old water bottle and attach it to the garden hose for a makeshift sprinkler. You may have to use some waterproof tape to secure the bottle to the hose.
These are just a few ideas. Chat with you kids and learn more about what they want to do to have fun. Their suggestions may be more imaginative and simple than these.
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