Are you running out of ideas on how to keep your toddler entertained?
Backyard fun is a great option both for you and your toddler. So, try bringing your little one outdoors. According to research, a majority of parents aren’t taking their kids to play outside. Lack of time to supervise active play and fear for the safety of their little ones are just some of the factors why families are opting to spend more time in front of the TV. However, it is imperative that children should spend some time out in nature for their overall health and development. Experts recommend that children should participate in at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise a day, and one way to ensure that a small child gets enough outdoor playtime is to create a toddler-friendly backyard. Not only will a child grow stronger and healthier as he or she engages in active play, but parents will have peace of mind knowing that their little ones are having fun in a safe space. Here are a few easy ways to design a backyard that’s safe and enjoyable for little tots.
Make it a treat for the senses
Apart from making sure that your outdoor space is free of anything that may cause potential harm to your little one, your backyard should also engage all five of your toddler’s senses to make outdoor time more interactive and enjoyable. Plant safe, colorful, fragrant, and soft to the touch flowers and plants—those without thorns or plants that don’t contain high toxicity levels are the best for a toddler-safe garden. Flowers such as nasturtiums or sunflowers, as well as herbs like lemon balm and basil, are safe for kids to touch, taste, or smell.
Add soft and soothing decorative elements
A sphere or wall outdoor water fountain can add a soothing touch to your outdoor space. Just make sure to watch young children when they’re playing near the fountain and teach them not to play with the water in the fountain. You can also create a sitting area where young kids can relax while enjoying the fresh air and sunshine. Use natural furniture, such as wicker or wood, and add cushions for comfort. Wind chimes, paper lanterns, and LED string lights are charming additions to your backyard and can make your space more inviting.
Create a safe active play area
No child-friendly backyard is complete without a play area. Consider laying down artificial turf or even real grass to give your child a soft place for rolling around. Install an in-ground trampoline—it’s just as fun as a regular trampoline, but safer for little ones to use. Add a playhouse and your toddler-friendly backyard is complete!
Creating a safe and enjoyable space for your little one will benefit your child’s overall health. Follow these tips to create a toddler-friendly garden and have fun with your child outdoors.