"We're not raising grass. We're raising boys." Harmon Killebrew
May 24, 2007 12:11 PM Subscribe
For kids (boys) what would make for the coolest back yard ever?
posted by LadyBonita to Home & Garden (71 answers total) 59 users marked this as a favorite
Dream your wildest dream and tell me what your fantasy back play yard would have been like when you were a kid... or what your kids love about your backyard now.
We have a bike ramp. We're almost finished building a tree house fort (but what would make that fort exceptional?). We have a huge area of dirt for digging and building projects.
In case it helps, I'll give you an idea of what my kids like to do - but really I'd love to hear what your ideal childhood yard would be--
Our oldest, the 9yo, loves construction (he wants to drive the trucks and just recently used a bag of cement, without permission, to make a 'foundation' for his construction project in the dirt area). He also enjoys inventing and building things (with no help he's made a replica of the Titanic with wood scraps and toilet paper tubes, a gum ball machine out of a glass canning jar & a box, an elaborate 'mouse trap', etc.). He likes using his Heely's and drawing. He is very active, and he's fascinated with bad weather (he wants to take a vacation to 'Tornado Alley')
Our 6yo is pretty laid back but doesn't like to sit still. He'd rather play video games than play in the dirt. He's competitive and likes team sports (soccer and baseball). Right now he's very into 'army' stuff and toy guns. He's also musically talented. His interests are still forming but he needs a lot of variety, challenge and excitement to hold his interest.
The youngest likes doing whatever his brothers are doing - and destroying whatever they're making.
Thanks everyone. I hope to get some great ideas!