Transforming Garden into Play Area

I have thought about this long enough (Even though hubby hasn’t got a notion about this what I am about to do in the next couple of weeks/months) but I think it is time to transform our garden into a play area for the kids. Matthew loves the garden and spends every minute in his sandpit he gets once it is not raining so I think he deserves to have some other toys out there. Right now, apart from the sand pit, the only other toy he has is a junior slide. He is nearly the length of it and I don’t see how he gets any more fun out of it.

Originally I wanted to use the garden to plant nice flowers, the whole lot to make it look pretty but last year I haven’t moved a finger. The only nice plants I get out of the garden are the lillies my mum planted in 2 pots and they are growing each year so I think that is enough plants for now. Apart from that we have 4 bushes so it is not that there are no flowers/plants at all. The rest can be used as a play area because really I never sit on the sun lounger. The only time we get to sit outside is when it is nice enough to have a meal or breakfast outside.

There is 3 outdoor toys I would like the kids to have…

I think a must for every child is a trampoline. If you look out the window in our estate you can see who has children and who doesn’t. So many trampolines out there.
I haven’t decided yet what size I should get. There is 8 foot, 10 foot and 12 foot. I don’t want to get a too big one because it is going to look ridiculous in the garden as it is not the biggest garden now. ( If you have a trampoline in a small garden, let me know what size you went for.) They are actually on offer right now I haven’t decided yet whether I will get it for Matthew’s birthday or now. I might be better off getting it now because his birthday is not until the end of August and the weather is getting worse then.


The next thing on the list is a proper slide. Smyths Toys Store is always brilliant for this kind of stuff. I was thinking of either one below.


This one is 10 foot high. Again it might be a bit too big for a small garden.


This might be “the one”. It is 8 foot high. Even mammy might be able to slide down that without breaking it.

The last thing then and I don’t even know why we didn’t get one yet as Matthew loved playing in it in the apartment’s courtyard across from our house, is a play house. They are not cheap I have to say. I might have to shop around for those when they are on offer.
I discovered this one on the argos website. Pretty cool. It is made of wood. A more colourful option might be better though and plastic is less hassle building as I can get very frustrated  building these things.



What outdoor toys do you have in your garden?

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3 thoughts on “Transforming Garden into Play Area

  1. We are doing this, this summer too. Putting in a few things for hte kids to have a great playground in our back yard. I can’t wait. Thanks for linking up to Share With Me I hope you are enjoying my blog hop and thanks for all the linky support! #sharewithme
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