Build your Children a Playground in your Own Backyard

Having a playground in your garden is a good way to encourage your children to play and get involved in physical activity. Here we'll give you a few ideas on how to do it.
Build your Children a Playground in your Own Backyard

Last update: 28 January, 2021

Building your children their very own playground doesn’t need to break the bank. While you always have the option of buying a ready-made playground set from the store, there are other, less expensive ways to do it. So, are you ready to build your kids their very own play area?

As you already know, having time to play every day plays an important role in children’s development. If you have enough space in your backyard, this is an interesting project which will allow your kids to have their own space to play and have fun. So, let’s get to work!

Tips for creating a children’s playground in your own backyard

Playing outside in the fresh air is still one of the best ways to entertain your kids. While there are many toys to occupy them inside the house, having an outside play area is the ideal way for children to socialize and stay active.

The problem is that there aren’t always facilities nearby to allow you to take your kids to a playground or country park on a regular basis. So, if you want to make sure your children get to spend enough time outside, building a playground in your own backyard is a great option. Ready to get started? Then take a look at these ideas.

Wooden pallet sandbox

A sandbox is a great addition to any children's playground.

Wooden pallets are really cheap and can be used for a whole range of different DIY projects. Here, we suggest that you use one as a base for a children’s sandbox. All you need to do is paint it however you like, and fill it with sand.

If you don’t have wooden pallets, you can use a truck tire or a shallow inflatable pool.

Climbing zone

Having a playground in your backyard is a great way to keep children fit and active.

Encouraging your children to take part in physical activity is essential to keep them fit and healthy. So, to give them a new challenge and keep them active, we recommend creating a mini sports area, with lots of steps and climbing zones.

However, you have to make sure everything’s completely safe to help avoid any accidents. So, you can cover this area with turf or sand to help prevent falls and injuries.


Hopscotch is a classic playground game that never goes out of style.

For all the technology and gadgets we have nowadays, the classic children’s games will never go out of style. So, now you’ve decided to make your own children’s playground in your backyard, don’t forget to make an area where they can play hopscotch.

Get some spray paint, and, if you need them, make some stencils for the numbers. Mark out the area you want to create your hopscotch court and get painting. Of course, you can also decorate around it with grass, flowers and flagstone paths.

Tree House

Any child would be thrilled to have a tree house in their own backyard playground.

By using old doors and wooden furniture, you’ll be able to make a beautiful tree house for your children’s playground. Children love tree houses and having their own secret hideout. Paint and decorate it in their favorite colors. Add cushions, toys and everything else they need to have a warm and welcoming tree house.

Make a teeter totter from old tires

You can even make your own DIY teeter totter for your playground.

Tyres are made from strong, durable material which you can keep outside for years without them wearing out. To really make the most of them, you can make a fun teeter totter for your kids to play on with their friends. All you need to do is cut the tire in half, and add a strong plank of wood.

Put up a swing

If you have enough space, you can even put up a swing in your backyard playground.

If you have enough space, you can also put up a swing for your children to play on. The best thing about swings is that you can make them from old tires, or using rope and a swing seat. The most important thing is to make sure that it is safe.

Corner play area

If you yard is a little on the small side, you can make a playground in just one corner.

You don’t need to use every inch of space in your yard to have a great playground for your children. You can make a wonderful play area using just one corner. However, you’ll first need to inspect your chosen area to make sure that it is safe and secure.

Garden chalkboard

Having a chalkboard in your playground is a great way to keep your children occupied.

Any idea that allows you to make the most of every corner of your yard is great, especially when it comes to making a children’s playground. So, lastly, we want to show you these great chalkboard walls. They’re perfect for kids to write on or draw pictures. All you need to do is paint one of the walls, and buy some chalk.

Do you know of any more games or toys for children to play with outdoors? Why not get in touch, and tell us about your own ideas! If you’re still not sure about making a playground in your garden, you could simply use the space to try out one or two ideas.