Here’s How to Turn Your Backyard into a Playground for Your Kids

Transform your space, no matter the size.

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June 04, 2020
By: Amanda Mushro

Photo By: Anthony Lee

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If you want to send your kids outside to play but don’t want them to go far, it’s time to transform your backyard into a playground that will keep them entertained all summer long. From swings for big kids and babies to the coolest sandbox toys, here’s everything you’ll need to work within your space constraints and make your yard the coolest playground around.

2-in-1 Snug and Secure Swing

Get ready to swing into summer with this Little Tikes favorite. The swing will keep your little one secure and, because it can hold up to 50 pounds, it’s an outside toy that can be used for years.

BUY IT: Target, $27

Giant Rope Swing

For your big kids, upgrade your boring swing to this giant one. At 40 inches, this swing is large enough for multiple kids to ride and can be attached to existing playsets or used as a tree swing.

BUY IT: Amazon, $65

Play & Store Sandbox

Sandboxes are always hours of fun, and this sandbox from Step2 has plenty of room for several kids. Your kids will love playing in the sand and you’ll love that you can store toys inside the box and cover it up with the lid at the end of the day.

BUY IT: Step2, $60

Big Dig Sandbox Digger Excavator Crane

Looking for more than just a shovel and bucket for your sand box? Try the Big Dig Excavator! Kids can pretend they are working on a construction site with two-handed digging and dumping action. The digger holds up to 110 pounds, so your kids will be able to excavate for plenty of summers.

BUY IT: Amazon, $52

Hercules Seesaw

Your kids will have a blast playing on this seesaw in your backyard playground. This classic playground toy is colorful, sturdy and holds up to 99 pounds on each side.

BUY IT: Amazon, $90

Pro Mini Basketball System with Adjustable Height Pole

Start a basketball game in your own backyard with this hoop designed especially for kids. This basketball hoop includes a height-adjustable backboard, rim, pole and base with wheels to ensure portability.

BUY IT: Amazon, $113

Little Tikes Cape Cottage Playhouse

Encourage imaginative play and your child’s creativity with this outdoor playhouse. With working doors and windows, your kids will want to invite their friends over to play at their mini house.

BUY IT: Walmart, $130

Climbing Holds

Create your own climbing wall with these climbing holds. Just attach them to your playset or a sturdy piece of wood and let your kids practice their rock climbing skills.

BUY IT: Amazon, $70

Dome Climber

Send the kids outside and have them climb on their own dome climber. Not only are they burning off some energy, but they are also using their gross and fine motor skills as they play.

BUY IT: Amazon, $270

Playful Lookout Treehouse

Your little one will have a blast on this space-saving playset. It’s perfect for toddlers and preschoolers as they climb, slide and play on the treehouse inspired hangout.

BUY IT: Target, $160

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