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!

Balance Beams by Males in Early Childhood

Stack up several pieces of wood to create balancing beams, and voilà — you have a mini obstacle course that kids will jump with joy to tackle. Who can wiggle about on this the longest? See how this play area developed over at Learning for Life.

Photo courtesy Greg Harvey via Learning for Life

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

— Christal Yuen