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!

An Outdoor Abode for Minis by Minnesota Landscape Arboretum

Tinker up this tiny treasure with wood scraps. Use a table or tree stumps to set up a little station for kids to create a mini abode. Playing house definitely doesn't have to be indoors. Get a tour of the home from Minnesota Landscape Arboretum over at Three Sneaky Bugs!

Photo courtesy of Three Sneaky Bugs

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

— Christal Yuen