Do you struggle to get your kids outside because you have a yard the size of a postage stamp? Or maybe you don’t have a yard at all!
Yeah, I remember those days. The apartment with just a boring concrete balcony. The community grass area that you CANNOT leave any toys on or the lawnmowing powers that be will have a fit.
No space, no problem
Well no more! Of course, if you don’t have much outdoor space it is great to get out to the local park or river. But that is not always possible. If I have an extra 15 minutes, I just want to step outside. It would take that whole 15 minutes just to get everyone ready to leave! That means we need fun outdoor ideas that will fit anywhere.
The key to this is vertical, portable, and multi-purpose. Vertical takes up less square footage so that is always a plus. Portable is perfect for apartment living or switching out activities in a small yard. And of course multi-purpose gives you more bang for your space.
Now here are 7 kid activities and ideas to get your started!
Movable water wall – portable & vertical
What kid doesn’t love water? And with a movable water wall, you can have fun water play pretty much anywhere. Grab a board, some recyclables, and get creative! This one looked extra fun from over at Things to Share and Remember.
You can move the board in or out and just temporarily secure it nails or hooks. This is also a win because you do not have to have hose access to play with the water. You just need some containers.
Patio Plants – portable & vertical
My oldest daughter has quite the green thumb. It makes her happy as a clam to have a little garden space. But you don’t need as much space as you think to have a garden. Or vegetables! Try some of these vertical planting ideas.
Hidden Activity Picnic Table – portable & multipurpose
Now this is an idea I love! As long as you can keep the sand out of your lunch 😁 The hidden activity space could hold sand, water, blocks… I’m sure the kids can help you decide. This photo is a build-it-yourself but you can also buy one.
Movable Chalk Board – portable
Just like the water wall, this chalk board can be moved in and out as needed. An easy play activity for the patio or balcony. This one was re-purposed from an old cabinet door.
Rolling Mud Cart – portable
A fellow toddler mom shared this brilliant mud cart and was gracious enough to let me share with you! She said:
It’s made from 4 crates nailed together and put on lockable castors so that we can wheel it out to the front patio and store it easily in the garage. Currently has buckets for water, sand and one for stones/acorns/leaves/sticks…/ looking forward to adding to it on our nature walks!!
I’d like to thank her so much for sharing. This is a very doable project and I know the kids love getting messy.
Bubble Station – portable
You can’t go wrong with bubbles! Set up this bubble station and they can just help themselves to a fun playtime. And for those younger kids who want to spill their bubble solution in the first 10 seconds, I’ve also seen genius moms who tape the bubbles containers to a pole or table leg. Then the kids can come back and dip in for bubbles without it everywhere. Brilliant!
And of course you need your own bubble recipe! This is my all time favorite bubble recipe.
- 1 gallon distilled water
- 2 cups liquid dish soap
- 1 cup corn syrup
The kids can help you mix it all together and the gallon jug is excellent for storing the extra bubbles.
Playset – vertical
Usually when you think of a swing set or play structure, it is too big and sprawling to fit in any small backyard. Well, let’s think vertical! I love this tall hideaway fort from Barbara Butler. Think up and outside the box.
It really comes down to getting creative with your space. Drop in the comments any other activities or ideas for small outdoor spaces!
See you outside!