In today’s world, sometimes it feels like we are all so connected to our technology that we don’t take the time to spend time interacting with others. Here are some ideas of fun items that can be placed in your back yard that the entire family can enjoy together.
Planting a garden as a family is an activity that can be enjoyed all summer long. Children enjoy helping by digging in the dirt to place the plants in the ground, as well as the anticipation of the fruits and vegetables growing every day. Along with providing tool for teaching responsibility and patience that can be shared by the whole family, your harvest is the biggest reward you will reap from planting a family garden!
To children, having a swing set is like having their own personal playground in their yard! Many of today’s swing sets include not only swings, but climbing walls, play houses, and sliding boards. A swing set is a great source of exercise and coordination development for children, whether they’re pumping their legs on the swings or climbing a wall. Swing sets give children an opportunity to use their imagination and interact with other children. Swing sets can be enjoyed by both children and adults; whether the adult is climbing along with the child or simply pushing them on the swing, it provides a great bonding time.
A swimming pool is a great way to spend time together while beating the summer heat. In addition to providing a place for the whole family to play, it also provides a great place for low-impact exercise. A swimming pool is a way to socialize and interact with not only family members living in the household, but the extended family as well. Even for families with smaller yards, an above ground pool, such as those from Blue World Pools, can be a fun, affordable addition to your backyard.
In most climates, a fire pit can be enjoyed by the family most of the year. The whole family can gather around a fire on evenings in the spring, summer, and fall, and share stories. Children enjoy roasting marshmallows and making s’mores while adults appreciate the relaxing glow of the fire to warm them after the sun goes down. With the addition of a grill rack, a fire pit can even be used to cook meals for the family outdoors.
Pitching horseshoes is a great way for both children and adults to get exercise and have competitive fun. Horseshoe beds can be used by the family, or even be the site of a “Horseshoe Tournament!” It takes very little time and materials to build and maintain horseshoe beds.
These are all great things to add to your back yard to get the family-both children and adults-unplugged to spend quality time together outdoors!