The talented Mums of Childhood 101 put their heads together to bring you this slideshow of 24 great ideas for family fun in the backyard. We’re hoping that you will find inspiration to spend time outdoors as a family this weekend!
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Play spaces in living spaceshttp://childhood101.com/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/store3.jpg
We don't have a separate playroom, so I have created play stations in various rooms of the house. This is in our kitchen/dining area - the little table and chairs are fantastic for snack time, drawing and playdough. ~ Sarah, Oesch & Doots
Storing outdoor toyshttp://childhood101.com/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/store21a.jpg
We use washing baskets to keep our outside toys tidy. Colourful baskets which are taller than they are wide look great, and only cost a few dollars. The holes in the bottom and on the sides mean that sand, dirt and water all fall out easily and I've also found we are less likely to attract unwanted visitors thanks to the open weave. ~ Cath, squigglemum.com
Storing drawing and writing toolshttp://childhood101.com/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/store16.jpg
Having all of our drawing and writing tools- pencils, crayons, scissors, hole punches, etc, in a basket means we can easily take it wherever we want to draw and just as easily put it back. ~ Kate, picklebums.com
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Make the most of every nook and cranny. We turned unused fireplaces into bookshelves by adding a simple shelf, and a 'ceiling' to eliminate draughts. The top of the chimney will also need to be sealed. ~ Sarah, Oesch & Doots
The combination of a limited number of toys on open shelves makes it very easy for young children to choose a toy to play with, and easy for them to pack away again. Regularly rotating the toys available keeps a child's play fresh and fun. ~ Kate, picklebums.com
I love using recycled objects for storage. This cute case keeps all of the puzzles tidy and the pieces all together. ~ Sarah, Oesch & Doots
Toy storage options #1http://childhood101.com/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/store35a.jpg
Baskets and wooden bowls are great for toy storage, especially in areas where you want the storage to tie in with neutral decor tones. Simple wooden trays define a play space for small toys. ~ Christie, childhood101.com
Toy storage options #2http://childhood101.com/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/store34a.jpg
Storing children's toys in clear plastic tubs makes finding specific toys (and packing them away again) easier for young children which is great for developing a sense of independence. ~ Christie, childhood101.com
Cut gift tag shapes from heavy weight scrapbooking paper or card for labelling storage boxes and baskets. Laminate for extra durability if using to label children's toys or belongings. ~ Christie, childhood101.com
Storing small collectionshttp://childhood101.com/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/store15.jpg
Recycle trays from your local garden nursery for sorting and storing small collections - shells, stones, seed pods, etc. ~ Kate, picklebums.com
Defining play spaces #1http://childhood101.com/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/store7.jpg
Make the most of corners for cozy play spaces. I defined this area in Doots' room with a mural on the wall. ~ Sarah, Oesch & Doots
Defining play spaces #2http://childhood101.com/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/store32a.jpg
Hang a mosquito net or canopy to softly define a playspace within a bedroom or playroom. Perfect for a reading corner or quiet play spot. ~ Christie, childhood101.com
Storing bits and bobshttp://childhood101.com/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/store31a.jpg
Glass jars and jugs, pretty tins and small gift boxes provide useful (and more beautiful) storage for small bits and bobs like art and craft supplies. ~ Christie, childhood101.com
Storing for creating inside and outhttp://childhood101.com/wp-content/uploads/slideshow-gallery/store4.jpg
Keeping all the art materials tidy and handy for when inspiration strikes is an ongoing challenge! The big basket in the background has a sturdy base and a handle, and stores everyday supplies - pencils, crayons, sketch books. I can also load it up with paints, brushes, glitter, stampers, etc. to take outside. ~ Sarah,
To a tray of sand add the vehicles or figurines of your choice. Leaves for trees, stones and wooden block shapes optional! Picklebums
What are your favourite ways to have fun as a family out in the backyard?
If you haven’t yet, be sure to check out the blogs of the regular (and very talented) Childhood 101 contributors – Kate of Picklebums, Cath aka Squigglemum, Tricia over at Little Eco Footprints and Sarah at Oesch & Doots. These ladies rock
Christie Burnett is an early childhood teacher, presenter, writer and the editor of Childhood 101. More importantly, she is a Mum who believes wholeheartedly in the value of children learning through play, the importance of quality early education, and the togetherness of family.
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