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Outdoor Play Area

Do you need a safe outdoor play area
for your toddler?

Can't afford to fence your whole yard?

Here is a solution to an outdoor play area we used when my kids were little:

We couldn't afford to fence the whole yard. So we looked around to see what we could do. We found wooden snow fence at a local lumber yard. We bought a roll of the snow fence and the metal stakes to hold it. Then my husband pounded in the stakes at regular intervals.

Then we wired the snow fence to the stakes. My husband took a small 3-4 foot section of the fence to make a gate so we could get out of the yard and to our garage in the back.

Then inside this fence we put a cheap metal swing set with two swings and glider.

We also put in a small hard plastic swimming pool, but instead of putting in water, we bought play sand and filled the swimming pool with the sand. We covered it with a tarp or heavy plastic to keep cats out of it when the kids were not using it.

My daughter especially loved to play in the "sand box." She would play for hours in it with just a pail and shovel. My son liked to run his cars in it too.

We also added a couple of balls and other outdoor toys to complete their outdoor play area.

Because this was just outside the kitchen window, I was able to watch the kids as they played in our controlled yard. It was the perfect solution as it was like a giant playpen. It allowed the kids to be outside but in a safe area. It was their private playground.

Find out what is cheap in your area for a type of fencing. Different areas may have different things available. Be creative. Look at things as potential fencing. Just be sure it is not something the kids can climb, slip through, or get stuck in.


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