What'd you guys do this weekend? We spent some much needed outdoor time. It was exactly what I needed after feeling so frazzled and stressy lately. I mean, seriously. I was laying on a blanket in my backyard. Birds chirping. Perfect breeze. Looking at this:
Sometimes as moms we get so stuck in the house doing all the cleaning and cooking that we stop doingfun stuff, like using our creativity to create a kid-friendly backyard!
Recently, I saw a post somewhere about a "mound slide". Now, I hate the word mound so I will rename and refer to it as a hill slide. Which is, essentially, a slide built on a hill. (Not a mound, which is as gross of a word as moist. I digress.)
So, we had an ugly heap of playground pieces in the corner of our yard since we moved over a year ago. Please tell me I’m not the only one with ugly heaps in their life. It was a good fit for our old house/small yard but not so much for our new house/large yard. We’ve had our eyes set on a bigger, better playground for our kids but haven’t been ready to sink the grand+ into it yet.
The hill-slide is awesome because:
- We already had the pieces. Zero dollar projects are always winning. Reduce-Reuse-Recycling always feels good.
- It blends into the landscaping and because of that, could potentially stay there for a really long time. Hello, grandbabies! (No gaudy, primary-color play equipment. Not that we're against that. We've got plenty of that too. But to not add another one is kinda nice.)
- The kids dig it. It’s new. It’s a slide. Enough said.
How do you create a hill slide in your own yard?
- Score an unloved plastic slide. Either one your kids aren’t using anymore or one on craigslist (despite how I feel about that site, it's pretty good for deals like this.
- Use existing or create new hill with fill dirt and mulch.
- Secure it as needed. We had this random concrete brick around and it worked perfectly.
4. Cute-ify as desired. We put these little stepping stones along the side, which I plan on painting with kids hands prints or something. Look at all these cute ideas for painting stones! I'm also going to carve their initials in the tree. Cute city.