5 Tips for Creating the Ultimate Outdoor Space for Kids
1. Promote Active Play
Kids need space to move their bodies, whether running, climbing, swinging, or jumping. In addition to building strong heart, bones and muscles, and developing large motor skills, active play helps boost a child’s self-esteem and concentration. Create an obstacle course with jump ropes, a mini trampoline, hula hoops, and a few cones, flags, or pink flamingos. We love Kid Kraft for innovative playhouses and play sets packed with imaginative features that foster active and creative play.
2. Engage Their Senses
Build a sensory bin: Start with a large plastic storage container with tight-fitting lid to keep bugs and curious woodland creatures away. Fill with “outside” items like sand, rocks, and seashells or items from inside like marbles, dried beans, or uncooked rice. Be sure to have measuring cups and scoops. Kids will enjoy burying their hands and feet, playing “hide and seek” with small toys, and experimenting with the textures in creative ways.
Freeze toys in ice: Find a plastic container that small plastic toys or action figures can easily fit in, then cover them with water and freeze. Once the water is completely frozen, pop out the ice block and let your archaeologists chip away using plastic tools as the giant block of ice melts.
3. Spark Their Creativity
We sure have a lot of large cardboard boxes delivering to our front doors these days. Let your kids breathe new life into those boxes before recycling day and paint a masterpiece, build a racecar, robot, or create a stage and decorations for a play or outdoor concert. Never underestimate the power of water: Toddlers and preschoolers can dip large paintbrushes in buckets of water and “paint” patio furniture and hardscaped surfaces.
4. Give Them Time & Space
Whether it’s creating a quiet reading nook in a treehouse, resting in a hammock beneath a canopy of trees, or fabricating a secret hideaway out of patio furniture and a few umbrellas, kids need down time and quiet spaces. This allows them to process big emotions, or simply be still and appreciate the natural world.
5. Cool Off
After a day of soaking up the sun or reveling in soaking wet fun, cooling off is a breeze. Hunter offers wet-rated and damp-rated fans in a range of styles to complement your outdoor space, with exceptional airflow and whisper-quiet performance. Our outdoor fans are built to withstand moisture, from rainy days to accidental sprays from a garden hose or a giant inflatable unicorn sprinkler gone wild. (Trust us on that one. We’ve been there.) If your kids are still exploring when the fireflies come out, we recommend an energy efficient outdoor fan with LED lighting to illuminate your space.
However you choose to customize your outdoor space, be confident in knowing you’re helping your kids flex their muscles and their creativity.