As the temperatures start to drop, it may become difficult to get your children to play outdoors as much as you would like. Creating engaging activities and making your kids as comfortable as possible will help them get excited for the fall weather. If you have recently purchased your home, there are so many plans you can make for your new backyard to make it a fun space for all four seasons, as well as add value to your home!
Dress for Comfort
First thing’s first, make sure to pull out all of the warm clothes out of storage early in the season so that everyone can be warm and comfortable while playing outside. It can be better to give your kids more layer options than is needed so that they can remove them as they warm up while playing. They are sure to pull off layers as they jump from leaf pile to leaf pile. Provide mittens, hats and thick socks to avoid having the kids wanting to retreat indoors when you experience the temperatures drop.
Create a Safe Space
Take note of your play area while outside this fall. Consider what elements could be added to your deck to create an improved outdoor space that would allow you and your children to play outdoors later into the fall season. Keep in mind that purchasing a home with needed renovations can qualify you for renovation home loans. Try utilizing credit cards for home improvement projects like installing guards and borders to prevent your toddlers from tripping over hazardous areas, such as the edge of your deck.
Invite the neighbors over to have a barbeque during the last remaining warm nights. It will give the local kids a chance to play outside and your family to connect with neighbors. Warm food on nights when the weather’s getting colder is a nice way to gather your family and friends. Gone are the nights of summer salads as the days of roasted squash and other fall favorites take the dinner table. To keep your guests warm as the sun begins to set earlier, consider adding a chiminea or small fire pit to your backyard space.
Using Your Backyard Space Wisely
Moving into a new home with an undeveloped backyard is like working with a blank slate. Making the best use of your backyard space will enable you to create the ideal environment to spend your favorite fall months outdoors. Consider the potential size of your patio and what it will be utilized for. If having cookouts are your passion, designate a space for your grill and/or smoker. Make sure to include space for a table and seating for your family and friends to enjoy the delicious autumn meals that you will be preparing. If you have children, designating a play area in the backyard will allow them the space and comfort to explore and be creative in the outdoors. Installing a removable canopy cover for rainy days will be helpful in not letting bad weather ruin your plans.
The options are endless. You could add a sandpit instead of installing grass or a zipline if you have older trees to string it on from previous owners. If you are thinking about installing fencing around your backyard, you could install a rock climbing wall or make them into engaging art pieces. The surface of a fence can support a lot of different options for creative ideas. You can make your own backyard an adventure zone for both your kids and for yourself.
Create Fun Games
Take advantage of the falling leaves and put together a big pile for for the kids to play in. Don’t hesitate to jump in yourself. There are a ton of ways to get yourself and the kids outside. You can make a hopscotch on the deck with chalk, play hide and seek in the leaf piles, or breakout a set of marbles to play on the patio. You can take a spin off of the game of cornhole and dress it up to look like a pumpkin to play “feed the pumpkin” to add a fall theme to it. With the seasons changing, there are different things for the kids to notice. Try building them a nature scavenger hunt to play in the backyard, as well to have them looking for a leaf that has changed color, a worm or a feather.
Fall is a great time of year to be outside with your family and friends. Enjoy the harvest weather and make your backyard the happening spot to spend their autumn days and nights!