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6 Unique Ways To Transform Your Yard Into An Outdoor Haven For Any Kid

By Kristi Pahr

With the uptick in popularity of video games and the Internet over the last 25 years, kids have been spending less time outside and more time in front of screens, and many feel it’s time to reverse this trend. Unstructured outdoor play increases brain development, improves cognitive function, and helps build fine and gross motor skills, as well as critical thinking and problem solving behaviors. 

Now that families are leading greener, more sustainable lifestyles, people are seeking alternatives to the plastic outdoor toys that are so common. They want their kids to have that super important outdoor time while being mindful of their impact.

The solution lies in creating a nature inspired outdoor play space. From mud kitchens to sandboxes, these are the easy to design, kid-friendly play spaces that will excite and engage any child, no screens required.

Make a mud kitchen

Make it as fancy or as simple as you like, but a mud kitchen is a must. Something as easy as a board and a few cinder blocks can provide your child with the fuel for hours of imaginative play. The key is to provide real tools, not plastic toy replicas. Hit up the thrift store for pots, pans, utensils, strainers, and anything else you can find to make your mud kitchen feel like the real thing. Next, add mud. Scrape away the grass, or set it up in a grass-less spot, just make sure there’s access to water, and you’re good to go. Boys love play kitchens just as much as girls, so don’t skip it if you have sons!