10 Projects to Transform Your Backyard into an Educational Oasis
I am using this post to follow-up on my previous post about How to Transform your Backyard for Cheap. This post will show you my top 10 projects to transform your yard into an Educational Oasis. Plenty more ideas than 10 but if you really want to make a transformation for your children this Summer just focus on 10 Projects! Trust me on this more than 10 will make you head spin and you will start to lose focus.
I realize many families have a better yard to start with. It may be bigger with more grass and less overhead wires to contend with, but we have to work with what we have! I am tired of not spending time outside with my children because our space lacks comfort and engagement.
Have you really looked at your backyard as an extension of your learning space? I know that our yard will be more diverse in activities with children ranging from newborn to age 10 with brothers and a sister. Take a quick inventory of what you have, what you like, what your children like, and what you could do quickly and easily! We have a black lab that thinks he’s a chicken and digs himself nice cool dirt holes. Our backyard has some stubborn invasive species plants/bushes that need to be taken care of by my husband, dad, or brother-in-law.
I created some very nice pinterest boards as a starting place for creative ideas. Then I simply thought about what we have or what we could acquire easily. Since I am pregnant I do not want anything time or labor intensive that I would have to wait for others to help with. Simple projects that our children can help collect, haul, paint, and install really are the best ideas.
10 Projects to Transform Your Yard into an Educational Oasis:
1. Nature Tic Tac Toe– Collect some stones and pine cones for this simple nature game.
2. Field Guides– create your own field guides from things found in your yard and around your neighborhood.
3. Outside Reading Nook– create a simple shaded place for your children to read or nap.Using a large hula hoop and a shower curtain!
4. Mudpie Kitchen– Gather old pots and pans or hit the thrift stores or garage sales early this year. Collect funnels, bowls, muffin tins, scoops, and spoons to create your very own mudpie kitchen! Pallets or an old dresser or table make for a great mudpie kitchen base.
5. Weaving Loom– what young artist wouldn’t just love a jumbo weaving loom. Upcycle a large picture frame for this weaving loom. Collect natural materials and have an ever changing piece of art!
6. Outdoor Art Exhibit– Too much art work to display inside? Why not have an outdoor art exhibit? Invite your friends and family to your gallery in the shade.
7. Outdoor Chalkboard– Just the beginning of this family’s backyard transformation. They repainted a play house and added a child-sized garden complete with white picket fence!
8. Backyard Hopscotch– This has been on my list for 2 Summer’s now. Last year we got the pave stones for FREE. The kids painted them but we have to paint the numbers and figure out where to install this classic game!
9. Fake Bridge-Find some old pallets and place over an area that gets muddy. Instant Bridge to Never Never Land! Great for pirate battles, trips to the lagoon, or just a great way to enter into your new playspace!
10. Water Wall– create a super fun water wall from recycled objects!