DIY Backyard Ideas for Kids

Summer is almost here, and we can’t wait.  We are definitely on the countdown!  One of the best things about our little apartment is that it has a great yard, and so being here through the summer while our house is being built means that we’ll still have plenty of room for the kids to run and play.  However…there isn’t anything out there right now, so I’ve been on the hunt recently for some really great backyard ideas that I could make for not only our yard now, but also for when we move into our house. As I searched, I gathered some of my favorite backyard ideas for kids, and I wanted to share what I found with you!

Awesome DIY Backyard ideas for Kids |

I love that my kids love to be outside, and I want to do everything I can to encourage that. Exploring, creating, playing, running, jumping, climbing—that’s what summer is meant to be! I want less time on electronics and more time outside, so providing really fun activities outside is high on my priority list.


Easy DIY Wooden Swing Set

Make this awesome wooden swing set in an afternoon! Perfect for all ages.

How to Build a Wooden Swing Set the EASY way!


Outdoor Chalkboard

My favorite part about an outside chalkboard is that the mess is outside too. :)  My kids love to draw and doodle, and this means hours of fun!

Outdoor Chalkboard Tutorial |


DIY Tetherball Set

We made this for our kids last summer, and it was a HUGE hit!  Everyone enjoyed it, from the youngest all the way up to the adults.  It’s super easy to make, and way cheaper than buying one!

make your own tetherball set |


Backyard Sandpit

This is such a cute sandbox, that I might break my no-sand-except-at-the-beach rule.  :)

DIY Backyard Sandpit |


Mud Kitchen

I am in LOVE with mud kitchens, and I cannot wait to make my own version!

Outdoor Mud Kitchen |


DIY Outdoor Movie Screen

This project has been on my list FOREVER.  This year is the year!!

How to make an outdoor movie screen


Kids’ Play Platform

I love the idea of a play platform.  We are planning to build a treehouse in our new backyard that has many of these components, but if you don’t have a tree (or don’t want to use one), this is an awesome project!


DIY Kids' Play Platform |


Ropes Course

I just love this idea!  I know this will be a huge hit at our house!

Backyard Ropes Course |


DIY Seesaw

This is always a popular item when we go to the park, so bringing it to our backyard is definitely on the list. I’m looking forward to making our own version, but this looks like a great one!

DIY Seesaw|


Homemade Sprinkler

Having this awesome sprinkler in our backyard will make every hot day a cool day!

Homemade Play Sprinkler |


Outdoor Fire Pit

We think of having a fire pit as not optional.  It has been the very first thing we’ve done in every house we’ve lived in, and it will be same at our new house too.  AND…we are so lucky because the apartment we’re renting has one in the backyard!  Wahoo!  Summers nights…sitting in front of the fire, roasting marshmallows, laughing with friends and family…perfection.

DIY Firepit |


All of these awesome DIY backyard ideas add up to summer FUN for kids and families!

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  1. What wonderful ideas!! I love your posts! You are performing a great service to all children and families with all of your suggestions and tips . Good for you! Thank you!

  2. These are such great ideas for a fun yard. Unfortunately we live in an apartment and only have a tiny balcony space. I am looking for ways to make it a fun and safe space for my toddler! This has totally inspired me! Thanks for posting!

  3. I love these ideas! The see saw looks really cool, although not as cool (literally) as the brilliant yard sprinkler. Thanks for the great inspirations.

  4. This is a great show of your ideas for kids to have such an adventure with– and so easy to get the materials.. thank you– what a super mom you and ((dad)) are— luv the sprinkler- water slide and mud kitchen— all children luv that— and with the sprinkler– it canbe turned upside down– and they can ride their bikes thru –like a car wash…. so many ideas and all of yours are extremely inspiring– thankyou again..

  5. I love all the ideas and would really like to try making them myself especially the movie screen and the seesaw but ? for some reason when I click on your links it doesn’t take me to a “how to” page… it redirects me to a site that suggests where to buy said items… ?

    1. Thanks so much for letting me know! The links were broken, but I’ve fixed them, so you’re good to go!

        1. You’re so welcome! I’m glad you caught it so I could fix it. And thank you SO much for reading! xoxo

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