As the days shorten, we’re savoring the moments spent outside after a day of work or school. For those with kids, there’s a good chance your backyard is playing host to many an after-school activity, craft project, or yard game to get you through to dinner. Whether you have a small outdoor space or a large backyard, there are plenty of ways to create an enriching and playful environment that keeps your kiddos entertained, and at the same time, is stylish and functional for the whole family.
We tapped our crew of Yardzen parents to find out some of their favorite outdoor products for a kid and family-centric yard.
If you need more inspiration or are looking to completely overhaul your yard with a more kid-friendly design, check out our full guide to landscaping with kids in mind.
Crate&kids Green Collapsible Canvas Play Tent
Woven from durable cotton and easily collapsible, this adorable play tent can transition from indoors to out. A simple way to create a sense of adventure in the backyard.
Vego Garden Kids First Garden Bed
Affordable and long-lasting, this petite raised garden bed is the perfect way to introduce growing vegetables to young children. Get them started with a fall crop and they’ll be even more excited to plant a full bounty the next growing season.
Sneeboer Kids’ Trowel + Fork Gift Set
Hand-forged in Holland from stainless steel and FSC-certified ash hardwood, these mini garden tools are stylish, sturdy, and ideal for the smallest of green thumbs.
Solo Stove Mesa
For those with smaller spaces, this compact tabletop fire pit is ideal for a post-dinner, supervised smore-fest. Featuring Solo Stove’s Signature 360° Airflow Design, this stainless steel, wood-burning fire pit will provide a smoke-free fire for the family to gather around.
Terrain Marshmallow Twig Roaster
The closest thing to a roasting stick (without getting singed bark on your marshmallow), this sturdy steel roaster will make your backyard firepit feel like a campfire.
Neighbor Mesa Rug
Include outdoor rugs to create a cozy space for kids to play and family to gather. Made from recycled landfill and ocean-bound plastic bottles, this flat weave, reversible rug is soft enough for little feet, yet durable enough to withstand high traffic. Plus, it’s easy-to-clean – essential with kiddos using it as an activity mat and running from yard to patio.
CedarWorks Modern Playhouse
We love this beautifully designed playhouse made from North American cedar – meant to withstand weather and be splinter-free for little hands and feet. Bonus: the modern design and natural palette will blend seamlessly with your landscaping (unlike many garish plastic structures).
Solo Stove Pi Pizza Oven
Create lasting memories by including the whole family in pizza-making night. This wood-fired pizza oven is easy-to-use and its durable stainless steel design is both sleek and made to last.
West Elm Kids Forrest Kids Outdoor Picnic Table
Add a dedicated space for crafting and snacking and your kids will definitely be persuaded to spend more time outside. Crafted from durable Polywood, a material made from recycled plastics, this mini picnic table will withstand moisture and sun. Plus, we love that you can keep it natural in muted shades or add a pop of color depending on your style.
Terrain Flower Press
Encourage your kids to explore the garden with this traditional firwood flower press. Not only will they enjoy collecting different shapes and colors from the garden, but they will have beautiful, dried-pressed flowers to use for future craft projects.
Through The Woods Croquet Set
A thoughtfully crafted and simplified version of croquet, this cute set from Manhattan Toy Company will encourage kiddos’ motor development and social skills. We love it because it can be used indoors and outdoors.
CREATING A FAMILY-FOCUSED YARD
Yardzen’s award-winning online exterior and landscape design service is tailored to homeowners with both large and small yards in all fifty states in the U.S. Our design process begins with understanding your outdoor space, style, landscaping ideas, and a discussion of your budget and vision to minimize surprises when it comes time to build.
Our top-notch designers then develop a personalized vision for your yard, shared through 3D renderings, 2D plan drawings, and plant and material lists. Your design will capture the look, feel, and function you are hoping for, all while keeping costs within range.
Once your design is complete, we’ll help you connect with a local contractor from our Pro Network of vetted professional contractors to install your new design.