The D.I.Y. parent has come a long way in recent years, what with social media and new and improved hand tools, it has become a satisfying way to impress your kids and your kids friends even! As a child I always wanted a tree house and after watching the Sandalot Kids’ this want became a priority. And so I asked my father if he could help me make me one and he’s answer was a simple “No”. I was perplexed and at the time I thought that he had answered no because I had been naughty, or both my parents thought it was unsafe. But after asking my father in recent years why I wasn’t allowed one it became apparent that it wasn’t for any of the above mentioned causes but simply that my Dad didn’t know how to and it was potentially an expensive project.
These days you have everyday Fathers and Mothers undertaking new and exciting projects with their children to create cubby houses, playgrounds, sandpits and interactive obstacle courses all within their own backyard. The best part about this is there are a multitude of examples and instructions available on the internet to show you how. Parents are now using left over materials such as palettes and old doors and turning them in to mini abodes for their kiddies. It would appear from some of the elaborate designs that the job of constructing them is as much about the therapy for the adult as it is for the child.
We all know the marvel of recycling palettes, which are a fantastic resource for constructing those cubby or tree houses, but you can also look towards other old building materials to make these items. Old doors and windows are also a fantastic material to use for a shelter and are usually found sticking out of a skip bin on a building site. In fact, you would be amazed at what gets thrown into a skip bin that can be upcycled for such a use as a child’s backyard playground. Other great materials are cable reels and even old tires. Both can so with a lick of paint and they’re good to go for a child’s table and chairs or a classic swing.
So when your child asks can you build me a tree house or a cubby, say yes! By recycling materials, the costs will be minimal and sometimes the limitations of a product can actually bring out the best possibilities. If you have no idea how to construct such an item or just need some inspiration, look to the internet to see other amazing D.I.Y. parents and their projects. And most importantly, design and do the project with your client (your child) so that you both gain satisfaction from the project and a catalogue of memories to come.