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Backyard styled with play equipment 

Overview

Create the ultimate backyard for kids. This step-by-step guide will show you how to include different activity zones that encourage both physical and creative play.

Tip: Don't forget to consult the pros - your kids! This is a great opportunity to include them in the brainstorming, planning - where suitable - D.I.Y. building process.

Steps

1Identify your zones

First, map out your backyard, creating different zones for physical and creative play. (Note that existing trees and/or structures could influence your decisions.) 

The grass is in full view in the backyard

2Build your equipment

Start to assemble all your play pieces, including your cubby house.

Green Bunnings hammer
Tip: Wherever you're building equipment, handling mulch or using paint, always wear the appropriate safety equipment (mask, glasses, ear muffs) and always follow the instructions for the product or equipment.
Ryobi drill is making the cubby

3Create a sandpit

Sandpits are fun for kids of all ages. They are also easy to create: all you need is four retaining walls and some sand.

First, build the retaining sleeper walls for your sandpit. Once these are assembled, move the sleeper walls to where you want your sandpit to be, fill with sand and smooth out using a rake.

A white timber sandbox is made

4Add a pop of colour

Once all your equipment is built, add a pop of colour. Start with a white base coat and, once dry, add eye-catching accents in your favourite colours. 

Colour is added to the set

5Personalise your cubby house

Cubby houses can be transformed into anything your child can imagine: a farmer's market, a veterinary clinic, or even the International Space Station! Once you've landed on a theme, personalise it with some signage and a few details. We've transformed ours into a country shop and cafe, adding a fun sign, an awning and some planter boxes.

Timber benches are styled as a train 

6Make a veggie train

Veggie trains are fun for the whole family. They're a great way to teach kids about gardening, plus you can eat what you grow.
Personalised touches are added to the cubby 

7Add a boat

A boat is an easy and fun addition to your backyard.
The timber boat is added

8Add a mural or chalkboard

Adding a mural or chalkboard is a great way to encourage creativity and showcase the kid's artistic skills.

The chalkboard is added

9Add mulch

A soft surface under foot helps make playground areas safer. Add a thick layer of soft mulch and spread around the entire area using a rake or shovel.

Mulch and sand being added

10Put up a shade sail

Shade is important in any backyard during the hot summer months. A shade sail is an elegant and easy way to create some protection from the sun's heat and exposure.

Tip: Check out our helpful video on how to install a shade sail.

A charcoal shade sail is put up 

11Create an outdoor cinema

Outdoor cinemas feel like an exotic luxury, but they're simple to create! All you need is a large, plain wall on one side of your home (preferable in your backyard).

Use an old sheet or a blank piece of canvas as a guide, marking out the top two corners on your wall. Add a hook on either side, and simply hook your sheet or canvas to each hook to create the screen. (This can be taken down and stored when not in use.)

Add a few cushions and beanbags for seats, make some popcorn and play your favourite movie outside on a warm summer night.

Canvas is hung for a cinema

12Encourage creative play with an elf village

Something as small and simple as creating an elf village can spark kids' imagination and entertain them for ages. Mark out a small patch of soil and get creative! Add coloured stones for a touch of whimsy, broken pots make excellent elf homes and succulents add texture.

A small village is made for kids

13Add a dinosaur pit

A dinosaur pit is another kid crowd-pleaser. Simply fill a large plastic tub with sand, place a few stones for landscaping and turn your dinosaur figurines loose to roam wild.

Enjoy!

14Eager to try it yourself?

Check out our range of play equipment for the ultimate backyard for kids.

the play set is built

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Health & Safety

Please make sure you use all equipment appropriately and safely when following the advice in these D.I.Y. videos. You need to be familiar with how to use equipment safely and follow the instructions that came with the equipment. If you are unsure, you may feel it is safest to consult an expert, such as the manufacturer or an expert Bunnings Team Member.

Grave health hazards are linked to asbestos, which may be in homes built up to 1990. Health hazards may result from exposure to lead-based paints in older materials and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer. You can also use a simple test kit from Bunnings to indicate the presence of lead-based paint.