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What do you have in your garden for your older DC?

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nikki1978 Sun 08-Feb-15 22:08:46

We have bought a house with a garden that needed to be entirely relandscaped. We dug it up last autumn and will be turfing it in April. It is only medium sized (about 60ft by 30ft) of which part of that will be patio. My kids are 10 and 8 and while I think they would use a swing I am struggling to think of things to get them outside to play with. It isn't really big enough to add trampolines, climbing frames etc and to be honest I doubt they will use stuff like that for much longer so it seems a waste of money.

Any ideas appreciated! smile

Ohnodisaster Sun 08-Feb-15 22:11:25

Mine are younger but I remember spending hours playing with a netball post (and ball obv!). So maybe something like that?

Bluepants Sun 08-Feb-15 22:18:07

Agree netball/basketball post or football goal. Water tap and water guns, buckets etc - 9yo very happy to play with toddler water toys!! Trampoline. Tennis swing ball thing. Upscale version of paddling pool, water slide thing (just a piece of plastic sheeting you slide along if any slope at all). Sports equipment like hockey sticks etc.

We don't have all this stuff, just some ideas for you!

RaphaellaTheSpanishWaterDog Sun 08-Feb-15 22:29:10

DS isn't the sporty type, but we did have a table tennis table - a freebie from school when he was about 11/12.....the two of us wheeled it home!

Unfortunately it wasn't a proper outdoor one and despite keeping it under cover in a pop-up gazebo, it succumbed to damp after a few years - not before we'd all had hours of fun with it though....in fact DH and I are thinking of getting one for us!

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