Homemade Outdoor Play Equipment

Chutes and Ladders is acceptable for rainy days, but children need a safe outdoor outlet where creativity and energy can combine in healthy fun in fair weather. Homemade options achieve the same results as commercial play equipment without the hefty price tag.


Homemade play equipment is just as fun as commercially made equipment.

Children enjoy different styles of play equipment. Swings and slides are some of the favorite playground accessories that exist. Other equipment that adds to the element of play includes sandboxes, tree houses, rope nets, monkey bars and teeter totters. Combine styles to give children the most options for play.


Select an appropriate place to build the play equipment. The area must have soft ground with excellent drainage. The site should also be able to be seen out a window, so parents watching from inside can keep track of children. Consider putting some portions in shade or adding a canopy.


Placing rubber mulch or rubber mats below the play equipment helps prevent injury if a child falls. If the structure contains wood, sand all rough edges. Maintain the equipment, checking for cracks, splinters and loosened knots, for maximum safety.

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Susan Patterson is a health and gardening advocate. She is a Master Gardener, Certified Metabolic Typing Advisor and a Certified Health Coach with vast experience working with organic gardening and nutrition. Her passions include sustainable living, organic foods and functional fitness. Patterson has been writing and presenting on health and gardening topics for 10 years.