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Great ideas for kids in the garden

Alissa Ugolini—homify UK Alissa Ugolini—homify UK
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Little children always come up with new ideas… Provided that their imagination has enough room for it. The playground around the corner is always a nice alternative if you aren't fortunate enough to have a garden of your own. Sadly, when you leave the public space, you risk that your self-built sand castles or cave constructs will no longer be there the next day.

Private gardens are the best places to celebrate birthdays—with sack races, water bombs and gimmicks! Children can make all year round fun in the garden: The snowball fight in winter, the paddling pool in the summer… But the best thing is: the weekend they can invite friends, with whom they can roll around not only in the mud, but pitch a tent and camp outside. You can make the garden as child-friendly as possible without in the slightest way decreasing the fun factor! Our homify experts show us how with these beautiful projects:

The host with the most

This public adventure playground in the middle ages-style is situated in the monastery town of Hornbach and was developed and designed by the office of Stefan Laport. With a giant slide, including sandpit, a large climbing frame, a cable car, two swings, and a pingpong table, the playground is of course much larger than the average garden could house.. The play tower, from which comes the slide, for example, has a tunnel vault, which means kids can hide and wait if suddenly the weather gets bad. Endless amounts of fun!

Hidden treasures

Modern Family garden in North London:  Garden by Earth Designs
Earth Designs

Modern Family garden in North London

Earth Designs

Of course, a treehouse, where kids can hide from their parents is the ultimate. However, anyone who has no suitable tree available, can build a structure like this instead! With everything kids need: a ladder to climb, rings for gymnastics and even a corner where you sometimes hide and—just as an example—can secretly eat chocolate chip cookies…

Short stories

 Nursery/kid’s room by Anna & Eugeni Bach
Anna & Eugeni Bach

Playhouse / La Casita

Anna & Eugeni Bach

Even larger wooden huts are great for children of all ages. Here they can climb, swing and make as much noise as they want! Later, they can secretly hide love letters under one of the semi-loose floorboard or practice with their amateur band for the first gig. It will be there own home away from home.

Up, up and away

When parents are in the hammock or hot tub, the kids are on the swing. Here they can relax, let their legs dangle or feel weightless again—a lightness that makes annoying duties such as homework or cleaning their rooms just disappear, momentarily.

Go with the flow

 Garden by DAVINCI HAUS GmbH & Co. KG

Panoramalage im Siebengebierge


For some, the idea of investing money in cubby houses or sandpits isn't a good financial investment. So, to ensure the longevity of your backyard design, and of course, to ensure the children still enjoy themselves, why not invest in a body of water like a pond or pool? It's a great alternative and is suitable for both parents and kids. A win-win scenario.

Splish splash

Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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