3 Simple Backyard Ideas For The Kids

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We’re gearing up for a big move in June and we’re excited about the thought of creating a wonderful backyard for our little ones to enjoy.

The boys have been fortunate enough to tag along during our house hunting experience and they’ve given us their input on where they’d like to live. It’s safe to say that we were able to meet their needs while accommodating our own.

Our new home will have a big yard with enough space for the boys to kick their soccer ball, play basketball and most importantly, explore freely without me behind them making sure they hurt themselves.

With a large covered deck, there’s still room to entertain and stay out of the South Florida sun.

I can’t wait to see their reaction when we bring all their things over to our home and set up their playroom.

In the meantime, we’re drawing up some ideas for the yard. Below are three ways we plan to make our new yard a place for our family can enjoy:

1. Set up play areas.
Our boys love playing with their Little Tikes soccer play set. We use it indoors and outdoors, it’s a great way to keep the kids moving. With the size of our new yard, we’ll be able to set it up close to the gate to play.

Having a variety of balls available for your little ones to play with allows them to keep moving and tire themselves out.

2. Create an outside reading area.
Hammocks are a great place to relax with your kids and pick up a book. You can check out this hammock and stand to add in any corner of your yard.

You can also add an area where you can throw down some pillows and read with the kids.

3. Make space for a garden.
Having a garden in your yard helps the little ones develop a sense of responsibility. Include your children when you plant the seed by asking them what they’d like to grow. Food is always a great idea because it teaches your little ones where food comes from.

How do you plan to make the most of your yard this season?


    1. Fatima Torres

      April 17, 2017 at 11:11 AM

      Thank you! It’s been a blessing (and a headache) throughout the process. But it’s been worth it.

  1. momknowsbest15

    April 17, 2017 at 2:34 PM

    A garden space would be my favorite. My boys are building a turtle house in our yard

    1. Fatima Torres

      April 21, 2017 at 5:19 PM

      Me too! We’re hoping to create a little oasis for our boys to enjoy. Maybe we’ll make a turtle house of our own 🙂

  2. Amber

    April 17, 2017 at 3:50 PM

    My daughter loves being in the backyard. We have a trampoline, so she’s usually on that.

    Good luck with your move!

  3. natalielovesbeauty

    April 17, 2017 at 4:27 PM

    Gardening has to be my favourite of the three. Teaching your kids where food comes from and how easy it is to grow your own is so important!

  4. The Motivated Mom

    April 17, 2017 at 7:09 PM

    I love these ideas! Especially the reading area…just hanging out getting fresh air with a good book. My idea of relaxation.

  5. jenniferhquisenberry

    April 17, 2017 at 10:32 PM

    I don’t have kids, but I totally agree about the idea of having areas of your yard with purpose. I love the reading area idea. I have a “sit outside and drink my coffee” area next to some of my flowers as well. But enrichment opportunities are so important. These are some really great suggestions.

    1. Fatima Torres

      April 22, 2017 at 2:03 PM

      Thank you for taking the time to read through these ideas. I like that you have an area where you can sit outside and enjoy your coffee in the morning. Those little moments really make a difference in your day.

  6. Krista Bel

    April 18, 2017 at 9:10 AM

    I love these ideas. I think children ought to play more rather than just sit in front of a screen all day. I also realize that that takes more effort than you’d think.

    1. Fatima Torres

      April 22, 2017 at 2:04 PM

      Yes! We try to keep them active throughout the day. Otherwise, it’s a headache for us when it’s time for bed.

  7. AlaynaFrankenberry

    April 18, 2017 at 10:04 AM

    I love the idea of a backyard reading area! Sounds like a great way to make summer reading fun!

    1. Fatima Torres

      April 22, 2017 at 2:04 PM

      Thank you! I can’t wait to move in already and get to working on some of these projects.

  8. chei

    April 18, 2017 at 11:17 AM

    I am planning too for a kids backyard next month! Its good for them to have this backyard. Thanks for tips! 🙂

    1. Fatima Torres

      April 22, 2017 at 2:04 PM

      Yay! I can’t wait to see how yours turns out.

  9. Michelle Waller

    April 18, 2017 at 12:55 PM

    I love all of these ideas. We have been considering putting a garden in the backyard and letting it be the kids responsibility.

    1. Fatima Torres

      April 22, 2017 at 2:05 PM

      A children’s backyard is the best way to keep the kids active. Perks of living in South Florida is that we can have them run out any time of the year.

  10. Erin (@FaithFoodFamFun)

    April 18, 2017 at 3:15 PM

    I’m glad that you mentioned to “make space for a garden”. Some of my fondest memories were as a child spent in the garden with my grandparents. They taught me so much about gardening and now I am following in their footsteps with more than one of my own!

  11. planningthemagic

    April 18, 2017 at 6:04 PM

    Decorating a new home is so much fun yet so much work!! I feel like it never ends

  12. Elizabeth O.

    April 18, 2017 at 9:11 PM

    These are all great ideas for a backyard. I love that you thought about adding a reading area for the kids. I love it.

  13. Anosa

    April 18, 2017 at 9:57 PM

    Having a space for a garden can be setup also as a place where kids can do some learning activities like reading and the likes. This is also my goal for my future kids.

  14. Emily

    April 18, 2017 at 10:22 PM

    How fun you are moving soon, congrats! I like these ideas a lot, we spend a lot of time outdoors in our yard in spring and summer. I love the idea of having an outdoor reading area!

  15. homemadeforelle

    April 18, 2017 at 11:18 PM

    Love the idea of an outdoor reading area! I am in the process of clearing out a space for a garden, and can’t wait to have my kids help pick the seeds 🙂

  16. Lorena Murcia

    April 19, 2017 at 3:51 AM

    Such brilliant ideas sometimes I am overwhelmed, because I don’t know what to do with them, I don’t like them to be long time with tv or tablets.

    1. Fatima Torres

      April 22, 2017 at 2:06 PM

      I know the feeling. There are times I just need some quiet time and I will give them my phone, but most of the time we like to keep the boys active. They need it. WE need it. haha

  17. Leigh Anne

    April 19, 2017 at 1:22 PM

    I grew up with a garden in my backyard and have such fond memories of running through it and helping my dad with it. I think it is important to try to set aside a little space for this.

    1. Fatima Torres

      April 21, 2017 at 5:18 PM

      I was the same way. My dad had a vegetable garden when we were growing up. I loved helping him with it.

  18. Kelly (@KickingWKelly)

    April 19, 2017 at 4:24 PM

    Like most kids, mine love to play in the dirt. With that said, gardening in the spring is a favorite activity!

  19. Derek @ Dad With A Pan

    April 19, 2017 at 7:26 PM

    These are all awesome ideas! Now if only I had a backyard to do them in… lol

  20. sparkofsouthernmoms

    April 19, 2017 at 8:40 PM

    I love the reading area idea! I live on a bit of land and usually will go out in the middle of the woods to read. It’s quiet and so peaceful.

  21. Yona Williams

    April 19, 2017 at 10:49 PM

    I know this year, I am definitely doing some sort of gardening project with my nephew. I have a few ideas from Pinterest that I’d like to try out.

  22. Angela Milnes

    April 19, 2017 at 11:17 PM

    I love these tips, I love to have space in garden and have a good space of reading glad you share this tips.

  23. The Mad Mommy

    April 20, 2017 at 10:30 AM

    We just moved into a home with a large yard as well and we are starting to make it more kid friendly! My daughter already loves it!

    1. Fatima Torres

      April 20, 2017 at 5:38 PM

      Isn’t it wonderful to see how the kids enjoy their new home? I can’t wait to see how they take in the new environment.

  24. Misty - Frosted Moms (@frostedevents)

    April 20, 2017 at 4:23 PM

    Such a good ideas and I love to have a reading area in our back yard I bet my son would enjoyed his reading.

    1. Fatima Torres

      April 20, 2017 at 5:37 PM

      I can’t wait to share how we end up designing our yard.

  25. lex

    April 21, 2017 at 3:16 PM

    kids deserve the best and this is just one of it, somewhere they call their own in the yard you know.. nice idea and concept..

    1. Fatima Torres

      April 21, 2017 at 5:17 PM

      Thank you! We can’t wait to see them exploring in the next couple of months.

  26. Nichole Shirell

    April 22, 2017 at 8:15 AM

    I do not have a garden. And I never considered having one set aside for my sons play time. I love the suggestions

  27. eazynazy

    April 22, 2017 at 4:07 PM

    I love back yards,I don’t have one but I wish I could have one soon

  28. gaborvantolna

    April 24, 2017 at 10:43 PM

    Very cool! Now I wish I had a backyard….

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