Friday, August 08, 2014

Kids Cool Play Areas

As a kid, growing up, we had a very large backyard with lots of space to run around in. My brothers and I had enough space that we were able to claim bits of the yard to do with whatever we pleased. Whether it was a small vege and flower garden, an outdoor science table or a digging patch to turn into a bike jump, we had some outdoor space that was just ours, with no adult interference!

As an adult, where we live now, we don't have much outdoor space. I'm sure it's more than a lot of families have though and I'm determined to make the most of every centimetre. I don't want my kids to miss out on having some outside freedom to tinker about in and to be able to discover and learn through play! Having a small backyard is a challenge, but Ikea makes it easy (they are not paying me to say that, I just love Ikea for ideas).

On one side of our house we have a small walkway which is about 1.5m wide. Here's what we did to turn it into a little area for the kids to play. 

The play kitchen had to come outside. I was sick of the mess it was creating inside! We then added a mirror above and a basketball ring.

Next to it we hung some metal rails, hooks, mini magnetic round storage containers and a wall hanging, all sourced from Ikea. They were very easy to attach to the wall and are perfect for storing nic nacs and for hanging water play and measuring equipment. 

We placed a long seat underneath, also from Ikea, and attached a black board from Bunnings. 

The beautiful Australian handmade bunting I picked up from the Glenbrook Markets from a shop called Bold Australia, who make and print all of their products here in Australia.

Lastly, we made a water wall and a marble run out of pegboard, recycled water bottles and wood. It took a few goes to get the angles correct, but it was fun and a learning experience for the kids in itself!

The kids love it and they can make as much mess as they like. It's hidden around the side of the house which is awesome! And I like it when they call me round to read the messages that they or their daddy have written for me!

x Tash

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  1. So many fun, creative activities fitted into a small area. Great use of an otherwise unused space. Gotta love IKEA.

  2. This is such a great use of your outside space and I love that it's hidden away!

  3. I'm a huge fan of Ikea too and I love your idea with the water wall and marble run.

  4. love the chalk board and water wall -- very clever!

  5. You surely have created a nice space for the kidos!

  6. What a wonderful place to the kids to play!

  7. This is an adorable idea. I am always puzzled as to what to do with outdoor play areas. And I must say it was repined immediately to my Garden & Outdoor board! Thanks for sharing!
    April Waltrip

  8. What great ideas, looks like lots of fun too :)

    Thanks for linking up to Creative Mondays, pinned and featured this week at the blog hop...

  9. Just stopped by to let you know that I featured this on my Round Tuit post this week!
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    Thanks again for linking up! Hope you have a great week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  10. This is so impressive! I love how organized it is; I'm sure your kids want to play there all the time. I would be honored to have you share this at our link party tomorrow -Pin Your Friday Favorite ( Have a good day!


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