Hey guys, I just wanted to pop in with a short post and show you something fun. This week we created three diy construction sites for our crazy energetic toddlers to enjoy outside. They are oh-so-simple, and pretty inexpensive as well.
We have this space at the side of our house. It is about 8 feet wide and 40 feet long. It gets only a few hours of sun per day, so it is useless as a garden. Recently my kids have become a bit obsessed with it. I think it is like a secret area for them or something. So finally it occurred to me that we should just make it their thing.
We are pretty lucky in that we have a large, well-landscaped, beautiful back yard. We recently added a pergola and dining set, which I will share in the next day or two. It is a great space. The side area is really pretty well hidden around the corner, so the kids get free rein to play and make a mess. Enough talk – here’s what we did.
DIY Outdoor Construction Play
Our construction site boxes are made entirely from scrap in the garage. We had to dig in a bit to set them level due to the slope of the ground. We then filled them with material, designating one box for sand, another for rocks, and the third for dirt.
They LOVE it. As in, they have zero interest in playing in sprinklers or a kid pool these days. They have eyes only for their construction sites. And get this – they play really well back there together. I mean – knock on wood – but there was not a single fight today while they were there, and when my daughter walked out for a moment my son followed her and asked her to come back and play again. Seriously. It’s like magic. I hope it lasts.
This makes the mom and the former special education instructor in me both so very happy. I would far rather they spend their time out here playing, being creative, getting dirty, and having a blast, than watching shows or whatever.
We do plan to build some covers for the boxes as one of these days the heat wave will end and rainy season will begin again here. The plan is to attach 2x2s to the corners and create a simple roof over each. Because a little rain shouldn’t stop a serious big rig operator from getting the job done.
(By the way, if you haven’t heard of Bruder trucks before, check them out. Here’s a link to one of them (affiliate link). Here’s my tip, though. Check out Home Goods. They often have a couple of them in stock, at least around here. Last Christmas they had a bunch of them, and the prices there are crazy good. Hopefully that will happen again this coming Christmas.)
That’s it! Moral: it doesn’t take much to create a totally awesome play space. A few boxes, some sand, some dirt, some rocks, and they are in kid heaven. Happy building/playing!