The following post is by editor Kara Fleck and was originally published May 2010.
Kids need spaces for playing and exploring. A backyard can become a pretend jungle for your young wild things, a field for soccer or baseball games, or even a three ring circus. It is a great place for running races or games of freeze tag. Backyards are places to make messes, release energy, and engage in sensory play. But, what if you don”t have a backyard? How can you give your kids those experiences?
Even with a limited space and resources, one can recreate some of the elements of backyard play, even without the backyard, by adapting them to the space and resources that you do have.
A Place to Splash
I grew up along the banks of a river and my grandparents had a swimming pool. We have a small kiddie pool set up in our backyard now, and my kids (and the dog) all like to run through the sprinkler, too. But not every child grows up in a place with those opportunities for playing in the water.