It’s so hard to keep the kids entertained when they are out of school, especially on days that you just can’t take them to the park or the pool. These DIY outdoor play areas are perfect. They will keep your little ones happy and give you time to get things done around the house – or you could go outside and enjoy these play areas with them. Whether you want a sandbox, a fun zip line or a DIY seesaw, there is a plan in here that will help you to build it quickly and easily and many of these use recycled materials, so they are really cheap to build.
If you have a fence in the backyard, this DIY music wall is perfect for giving your little ones some outdoor playtime. You could even do this on the side of the house or deck and it’s a great project for using up those old pallets that you may have on hand. The musical instruments are made from old pots and pans and other things that you probably having lying around the house. Add this to your list of DIY fence decorating ideas.
Here is another wonderful idea for creating a personal space for your little ones. This DIY playhouse has such a wonderfully modern look and it is super easy to build. This is a great project for using up that reclaimed wood or those old pallets that you have on hand. Kids are going to adore playing in this little house for hours at a time and it’s a great place to store all of their outdoor toys and keep them out of the yard.
Kids love slides and you are going to love how easy to make this DIY mound slide is. This is a great way to use up a mound of dirt or to add some appeal to a small hill in the backyard. You need a plastic slide, which you can get pretty cheap and then you create the rest of the fun all by yourself. This one is a bit safer for toddlers because they’re not climbing up tall steps just to slide down.
I loved making mud pies when I was a little girl. And, I’ll bet your kids love it, too. Instead of having muddy toys and mounds of dirt all over the backyard, move all of that mess to this cute DIY mud pie station and let your little ones have all of the muddy fun that they want. This is a really easy station to make and believe me when I say that your kids are going to love it.
Kids will love playing with their own outdoor chalkboard and you will love how cheap this little play area is to make. You could put this on a fence or right there on the side of the house. Buckets hold the chalk on hooks and if you want to keep them safe from too much sunlight, you could add an awning to cover the entire thing, which will also protect your chalkboard from rain. I do love good DIY chalkboard paint projects!
Little boys love racetracks and you can give your little ones hours of outdoor fun with this DIY backyard racetrack. This is a really easy project and your little ones can even help you to design and build their racetracks. There is a bit of digging involved and then you’ll need to mix up cement with black oxide power, which gives the racetrack it’s color. You could do this in any size or shape that you want.
Kids love playing in the sand. Unfortunately, we parents do not love cleaning their clothes when they sit in a sandbox for hours. This DIY sandbox has seats along the sides so your little ones are not sitting right in the sand. Instead, they can sit on the build in benches, which is much more comfortable and makes their clothing so much easier to clean when they’re finished playing.
If your kids love science, they will really love this DIY science lab that you can build from an old wooden spool. They can make so many science related things with this outdoor station and it saves you from having to clean up so many messes inside the house. You can even add a patio umbrella right through the hole in the middle of the spool to keep them from getting too much sun.
If you happen to have an old boat that you aren’t using on the water, you can turn that boat into a wonderful sandbox play area for the little ones. For that matter, you could use any number of large items to hold their sand and keep it off of your grass. I love the idea of sand in a boat – it has such a nice beach theme, don’t you think?
This backyard kiddie car wash is definitely going to be something that your kids will want to play in all summer long. They can take their bicycles or toy cars through it or just run through it – depending on how tall you make it. It’s so much fun and it will be a cooling activity that they can enjoy when the summer heat reaches its peak – plus, it’s pretty easy to build.
If you need to set up a dedicated backyard play space and you wonder what to use to define it, why not repurpose those old tires? You can add sand or gravel to the tires to keep them in place and make them more decorative and use as many as you need to outline the play area for toys, sand and other fun activities. This is a great way to repurpose old tires and turn them into something fun and exciting.
Cornhole is a huge thing here in the South and I’m betting that you and your little ones would love to have a cornhole play area set up in the backyard. And, you don’t have to spend upwards of $100 or more to create the set. You can build your own cornhole boards and make your own beanbags, which makes it much cheaper for you to set it up. And, your entire family will have hours of fun playing!
This homemade water blob is so much fun to make and to use and it doesn’t leak so there are no worries of wet clothes or messes in the backyard. You can set this up in less than an hour and your kids are going to have so much fun playing on it. It’s so bouncy and so much fun and even your youngest little ones will love it.
If you have ever priced those gorgeous wooden playgrounds for your kids, The set has swings, a slide, and a great area underneath the little clubhouse section for a sandbox. It’s pretty easy to build and so much cheaper than buying one.
Here’s a fun activity station that you can enjoy with your kids. This DIY backyard zip line gives you hours of fun and it is super easy to make. And, if you have really young children or are afraid of them falling and hurting themselves, you can build this one low to the ground so they can stand up at any given moment and be off of the zip line.