In case you don’t live in Brisbane’s northern suburbs, and in case you missed the pics on facebook and twitter… yes, my kids were on the front page of the local paper. I might be slightly biased but I think it’s a great photo. Not just because they’re both smiling and looking at the camera, but because they are swinging from a rope ladder in our backyard.
I love the headline too: Swing back to good old fun. Couldn’t have said it better myself! Even after receiving lots of lovely new things for Christmas, my kids are still happiest when they are monkeying around freely in the backyard. This $12 rope ladder has provided hours of priceless fun and is still going strong after a year outside!
The front page pic is accompanied by a story and photo on page 5 about playscapes. In the article, Rebekah Hurworth from Your Architect says, “… by incorporating sandpits, rockpools, cubby houses, reading areas and outdoor kitchen areas, children can spend hours entertaining themselves outside.” If you are interested in natural playscapes, you might also like to read this great pdf fact sheet from Kidsafe.
You can see our sandpit, the dry creek bed and one of the bridges in the background, plus a bucket hanging from a pulley under the trees. Our playscape is ever changing and growing, and always has something to offer.
What do your kids do in the backyard? And what did YOU do outside as a kid??
PS – Yes, my kids usually have hats on outside
PPS – Yes, the architect is also my little sister