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Little boys seem to have boundless amounts of energy and love to indulge in creative play.  So make use of elements you already have in your backyard such as a wide open grassy lawn and put up a soccer net.  Or with a little bit more time and energy, make some easy and fun activities for them to channel their enthusiasm and stimulate imaginative play.

Tools and treasures

Create a workbench that can be used to encourage imagination and discovery.  Set up an old table or set of drawers in a shady corner.  Stash away some plastic tools in the drawers.  Or fill the drawers with unwanted items from the kitchen. Old spoons, plastic bowls or baking tins are perfect. If you don’t have anything handy have a look in your local dollar store or thrift shop.  Add some old plastic jugs or containers such as milk or yoghurt containers. You can even cut them to make them more accessible for storing precious found treasures or scooping up mud!

Forts and tree houses

Encourage tree climbing or if you’re lucky enough to have suitable sturdy tall trees, why not build a tree house? Boys will love to climb the trees and access their hidden fort.  If you don’t have suitable trees, consider making a fort in a shady corner. Just rifle through your garage and you’re sure to find a host of items that could be handy leftover tarpaulin could make a great roof and spare planks of wood can be used to build walls. Be sure to get your little boy involved and he’ll love the chance to make his safe hideaway fort with you.

Art Fence

Make an art fence. It’s easy to do and can provide hours of fun.  All you need is a fence or wall in your backyard, some spray bottles, water and food coloring.  Mix up a few different mixtures of food coloring and water and pour it into the spray bottles. Your little boy is sure to enjoy the chance to be allowed to paint on the walls! Not only can he can create his art masterpieces to his heart’s content, but it’s harmless fun that can be washed off easily once it dries.

Diggers, dump trucks and dirt

Collect stones and rocks and dirt and create a dump heap. Tell your little boy you need to gather up the dirt and transport it with his toys.  I’m sure he has a host of trucks, diggers and dump trucks he can use for the job!  Or why not create a track for his cars?  Set aside a few hours to dig some tracks or just create the tracks using pieces of wood, tree branches and other items found in the backyard.  See what your ideas your little boy comes up with and then spend some time racing the cars with him along the newly made track.

Make the most of your backyard for your little boy with just a little bit of thought and planning.  They are sure to appreciate your ideas and will enjoy spending time getting their hands dirty, playing ball games or just spending some quiet time hidden in a fort.  Make sure to involve them and make it an enjoyable afternoon or weekend activity.

 

Greta Jenkins

Greta Jenkins

Greta Jenkins has been writing for Families Online Magazine since 2004. She is a mom, nurse andcommunity volunteer.
Greta Jenkins
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