Outdoor Play Ideas that are Fun and Safe!

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Australian Outdoor Living and Digital Parents Collective 

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Outdoor Play Ideas for Parents Peace of Mind

I will be the first to admit that I’m one of those parents that worry about their child playing outside. There are four things I worry about when Elliott ventures outdoors: 
  • Creepy crawlies lurking in the gardens i.e. spiders and snakes in particular (yuk!)
  • The hot Queensland sun
  • Elliott jumping the fence (we have a wire fence which he could climb if he wanted to)
  • Strangers (if I turn my back for 30 seconds, I worry someone could jump over and take him. We are on a corner block).
Worries aside, I absolutely appreciate the importance of kids outdoor play which is one of the reasons we purchased the house we live in now. It has a large back yard and wonderful gardens to explore, but I have to kick my worries in the bud because I know I’m being a little over protective.

Here’s part of our back yard. Unfortunately with little rain the grass is suffering, but there are plenty of gardens for creepy crawlies to hide!

I was sent a copy of ‘Creating a Garden for your Kids’ by Australian Outdoor Living to review. It’s a FREE eBook available for download here. Although the book wasn’t able to address how to get rid of snakes or strangers, it did have 11 pages of outdoor play ideas and practical tips on making a safe and fun garden.


With sun being one of my concerns, one of my favourite suggestions was how we can turn this ugly area under our house that’s constantly full of crap, into a cubby house for Elliott….total undercover FUN! 

Download the ebook here and check out the under deck cubby idea on page 8!


Outdoor play ideas on how to get your kids outdoors and yet out of the house!

‘Creating a Garden for your Kids’ is an easy read and has been designed with fun in mind. The book is divided into three main sections; finding the right ground cover for your kids, how to keep your kids out of the elements and top tips on keeping your garden safe.  There’s plenty of kids outdoor play ideas in each section including cubby ideas, trampoline ideas and how to creative with grass (some of them great ideas for us considering ours is dead!)
Australian Outdoor Living will be adding a new eBook to their collection every two months and I’m really looking forward to the next one, a guide to hosting the perfect garden party! 

It’s going to be full of expert advice from top party planners, designers and chefs – perfect for springtime parties, baby showers, birthdays (I’d love to get some ideas for Elliott’s 3rd birthday), I just hope my grass decides to grow back by then and look as luscious as this green grass!


So, do you want to throw the best garden party for all your friends and turn your backyard into an awesome outdoor play area for your kids? Then sign up and download the free eBook here.

What do you do to make your backyard fun and safe?
Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

Eva is the Editor and Owner of The Multitasking Woman. She always has her fingers in many different pies but wouldn't have it any other way. Eva is a freelance writer, a social media manager, a Mum to her six-year-old son, one-year-old daughter, six chickens and Benny the dog and wife to Mr G. They all live happily in their little worker's cottage in Ipswich, Queensland, Australia.
Eva Lewis (The Multitasking Woman)

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  1. August 15, 2014 / 8:54 am

    I’ve the same concerns when I bring my girl out for outdoor play too. She has eczema so it’s a balance making sure the dirt, heat and everything doesn’t cause her rashes and just letting her run wild and free. She really loves the outdoors!

    Ai @ Sakura Haruka

  2. August 15, 2014 / 1:32 pm

    I’m so glad we have an enclosed courtyard from the snake perspective, it would totally freak me out if I ever saw one near here.

  3. Grace
    August 15, 2014 / 4:36 pm

    Living in the city, we have very little backyard space. Most of our outdoor play is dependent on parks and the beach. It could be worse. But I would love to download this book. Looks like it’s got some great ideas.

  4. August 16, 2014 / 5:23 pm

    I am just about to download this eBook as this is something Dave and I have been talking heaps about lately. Punky loves to play outside but we need to do a bit of work before we can let her out there by herself. Which is a shame because we have a massive yard with minimal gardens, so I don’t have to worry so much about the creepy crawlies. However it has basically zero shade too, so that is another issue, so I am looking forward to checking out some of the ideas.