You don’t need to install elaborate swing sets and slides to spice up your garden. In fact, simple hacks like turning your fence into a life-size chalkboard or using old pots and pans for classic musical play will have your kid swiftly out the door. Flip through the photo gallery to discover easy ways to transform your garden into a true paradise for play—no hardcore landscaping required!

Chalkboard Fence by My House and Home

Chalkboard paint can do wonders for homes with small gardens. Let your tots scribble to their hearts content on a chalkboard wall made of plywood and paint. One clever way Tasya of My House and Home saved her boy’s chalks from rain was installing a mailbox to store them.

Photo courtesy of Tasya Demers

How have you made your garden into a kid’s paradise? Share your tricks of the trade in the Comments section below!

— Christal Yuen