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!

Construction Mud Pit by Exhale, Return to Center

Get down and dirty as your kids role play Bob the Builder. Simply mark off the pit area with bright orange mini cones, add tree stumps, digging tools, and even cute lil wheelbarrow to complete your kid’s corner! Exhale, Return to Center.

Photo courtesy of Erin Goodman

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

— Christal Yuen