But I’ve never come clean about what our own outdoor space actually looks like. And here’s why: It’s not much to brag about.
|The view facing the back of the yard ...|
|... and the same space facing the house.|
|Facing our kitchen entrance into the house|
|And more in this odd space at the back of the yard!|
|The kids' current faves|
I have made a few noteworthy additions recently, though, like our kid’s vegetable garden.
Plus a wildflower garden.
We also have a hummingbird feeder, a second bird feeder and a birdbath (in the center of our wildflower garden, above). All of which have brought in more birds than in the past, for sure.
We've also added some pieces from my dad's former backyard space, but none have held much interest to the explorers.
|The explorers don't spend much time in this secluded space|
After all, the kids seem more drawn to bashing their plastic cars together than digging in the dirt (without prodding from me, of course).
I want our backyard space to offer plenty of nature play opportunities for the kids. Because I know that if given the resources, they would explore and enjoy.
So what do I have in mind? Here are a few thoughts (thanks to this great list of nature play space ideas from Green Hearts for the inspiration):
- Water (beyond our plastic water table)
- A dirt pile & a digging pit
- Sand – the more, the better
- Rocks & boulders
- Seating (like a hammock or bench under the trees)
- Secret nook (perhaps a fort)
- Meandering paths
- Loose parts
And that’s where I need your help: Where do I begin? How do I pull any of these changes off on a shoestring budget and with little DIY skill or knowledge?
I'd love to hear your thoughts.
Today’s post is part of “Your Green Hour Survival Guide,” a series which I hope will provide you with inspiration to make getting outside every day a habit.