This week, we are moving from the midwest back down to Florida. My hometown actually! I have mixed feelings about it, but let’s not dwell on that. I am choosing to focus on the positives, and a HUGE one is that we will have a fenced backyard again!
For four long years, we have lived in places that either don’t have a yard at all, only have a small patio area, or one house we lived in didn’t have a fence or really any backyard to speak of, but we did have a cul-de-sac. Not exactly the same! But we found a house this time (ranch style, with no stairs! Another thing to be excited for!) with a great backyard and I am so looking forward to it…for my kids’ sake and also my own.
This article originally appeared on my old blog, Townsley Times. If you came here looking for this particular article but thought you were going to a different site, never fear, you’re actually in the right place. 🙂
Florida is the sunshine state. It gets incredibly hot for many, many months of each year. I remember cooling off outside as a kid with water balloons and a slip ‘n slide, but there are even more ways to have fun nowadays! (And by the way, the slip ‘n slides they have now are much improved.)Other fun options are a water table for your littles, a sprinkler or one of those toys that connects to your hose and twirls water around, a water obstacle course, a little blow up pool, or heck, just get the hose out and let them have at it.
Plant a garden. It doesn’t have to be big. It doesn’t even have to be veggies. Beautiful perennials are still a good learning experience and easy on the eyes. Containers or raised beds also work! You can plant around the perimeter or in a spot that is sunny and convenient for watering. Make sure to enlist your kids to help you – they’ll relish the opportunity to dig, then to water, and pick any veggies or flowers when it’s time.
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Use Your Patio
Put that unsightly concrete slab to good use! It’s great for sidewalk chalk drawings, creating a hop scotch board, playing games like tic tac toe, jumping rope, the list goes on. If you don’t have a concrete patio, pavers put together can give you a little hardscaping that works almost as well and you can put it anywhere you want.
Get a Picnic Table
A sturdy wooden picnic table can double as school space, a nature study desk, and a place where it’s okay to eat popsicles and Mom won’t mind the mess quite as much. On nice days, you can take your lunch right outside and eat as a family without having to worry about sitting in ants. You might want to locate the picnic table in a shady spot so you can enjoy the outdoors even on days when it’s blazing hot out. Or purchase a canopy to put it under!
Utilize Your Entire Yard
The rest of your yard is good for running, jumping, doing cartwheels, looking for bugs, setting up an obstacle course or a scavenger hunt, doing yard games like cornhole or “yard-zee.” There are TONS of fun ideas if you look for yard games on Amazon.
Don’t forget to consider going up with a treehouse, swing set, or monkey bars of some sort.
Bonus – Adult “Toys”
Stuff for adults can make your yard a fun place, too. A fire pit in one corner of the yard and a grill on the patio are perfect for when evenings are cooler. If you have a privacy fence, you can also hang interesting outdoor art or a bird house so it doesn’t look like a regular boring ol’ fence.
What are your favorite backyard activities for summertime?