It’s easy to turn backyard summer projects into DIY fun for you and your spouse – and to teach children about resourcefulness, ingenuity, and creativity. Many backyard projects are easy to do yourself, and they are significantly less expensive than hiring a professional. Take the first few weeks of summer, before it’s gotten raging hot, to gather supplies and build some beautiful backyard components that will make your backyard a true expansion of the square footage of your home. You’ll be glad to have this extra, beautiful space to enjoy the gorgeous summer evenings with friends and family – and you’ll be excited for the lessons your kids will learn from a few DIY projects.
A pond is an excellent addition to your backyard, and it’s not difficult to build. If your kids have been begging for a pet but you’re not convinced they have the maturity to care for it yet, you could start out with creating a pond for Koi fish and see how the kids do taking the initiative to care for the fish. If you’re satisfied with the way they care for the fish, they may be ready for a more complicated pet. You’ll need some specific supplies in order to build a lasting pond, including a pond liner and a pond filter and you can find them at Swallow Aquatics.
Build a Patio
With the right supplies and some consistent labor, it’s not difficult to build a patio. Invest in some used bricks, salvaged from a nearby building. You’ll have a unique base for your patio and support the environment. Do some online research to find out what kind of patios would work best with the terrain in your backyard. You’ll want to lay down layers of sand or gravel to help even out the surface before placing the bricks. If you purchase bricks in a variety of sizes and shapes, you can plan out a beautiful pattern to place them in. Involve the kids in planning the pattern. You could purchase some used railroad ties to frame the patio and give it a finished look.
You could also plant some trees, flowers, or a small garden and teach the kids how to consistently care for a living thing and make it grow. Whatever you do, give your kids a voice in it, and you’ll be astounded at how much they learn.