It’s starting to get warmer and there is nothing like getting the kids outside to explore the backyard or the playground. Give kids the gift of imagination and exercise by looking for ways to create a play area in your backyard.
Some of your best childhood memories probably took place at the local playground, or if you were lucky, in the play area in your own backyard. Personal playgrounds are great ways for kids to use up some of that excess energy they seem to have so much of and bond with their siblings or friends. Creating your own play area in your backyard can save you the trouble of always having to go back and forth between your home and the play area in your neighborhood, and can be a bit safer. So what should you consider before purchasing a personalized play area for your children?
Remember that your children, whatever their current ages, are inevitably still growing. İf you buy a play area that is perfectly suited to their needs and size at the moment, there is a good chance they will outgrow it in a year or even a few months. To avoid this problem, look into playsets that will entertain your kids for a while, even if at the moment it may seem like a bit too much to handle. İn the beginning, you may have to supervise your kids closely while they use the slightly-too-big structures, but you will soon be happy you took this into consideration as you watch your kids grow before your eyes.
Most playsets are made of either wood or metal, both of which have their respective pros and cons. Metal is probably the most durable material you can use, but will be less fun to use during the winter—especially if it snows in your area—because the metal will become much too cold to touch. Metal sets also tend to be more expensive than wooden ones and be a little less flexible in terms of additions later on. Wooden structures, on the other hand, require a bit more upkeep to maintain the quality of the wood and the general appearance of the setup, but are still usable during the winter and can have additions installed rather easily. Climbing structures made of wood, for example, are generally much more manageable than their metal counterparts. Wood is also much cheaper than metal, on average. Think about which option best suits your family’s needs.
Depending on what fancy contraptions you would like to include in your play area, your space requirements will differ. Swing sets are probably the most difficult to allocate space for, needing about six feet of space for safety. Slides can also take up a significant amount of space. Make sure you have enough room in your yard to accommodate your ideas and allow for additions. İt is also a good idea to make sure that wherever you end up placing your playset it is in plain view from one of your windows, so you can easily keep an eye on your kids from the house while they are in the yard.
Many people mistakenly believe that setting up a play area is a Saturday afternoon activity that requires little effort. In reality, the difficulty of setting up your play area varies greatly depending on the complexity of the project. Even if you hire professional help, you may be looking at over forty hours of work to get your play area set up correctly. Remember this when deciding if you are up to the task alone, or whether it would be better to enlist the help of a professional. If you have any doubts, it is probably best to get professional help. After all, your kids’ safety is at stake.
Building a play area for your kids is a gift to them that will stay with them for the rest of their lives, assuming it was built sufficiently enough for them to make many years’ worth of cherished memories. Consider what materials you would like to use, your space restrictions, and your installation needs before coming to a final decision concerning your family’s future play area.
This is a guest post by Lilly Sheperd, a freelance writer and blogger who shares her thoughts on various blogs. When not blogging she likes to play netball and visiting hidden places around the globe.
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