A cottage plot is a great place for the whole family to relax. Most often the plots are located outside the city limits and do not have entertainment available for children. So that even the youngest guests of the country house are not bored and enjoy their trips out of town – equip a playground for them.
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The most important thing when building facilities for children is their safety. You should not choose a place for children to play if there is a pond, electric shields, prickly hedges nearby.
Great for the area, which has a tall tree – part of the site will be closed from the scorching sun, which is so harmful to children. If there is no tree – then it is preferable to make a canopy in the area.
It is not necessary to build a children’s playground in a hidden place – the whole area for children’s play should be viewed and located at a close distance from the house or adult recreation area, so that in case of dangerous games or other trouble quickly respond to them and help the kid.
Clear and level the ground well in preparation for construction. Remove any rocks, sticks, or shrubs that are in the way. Thoroughly inspect the surrounding area for plants that are dangerous to children.
Often people plant red “palms” of castor oilcress, brightly colored foxglove bells, or huge white flowers of datura. Despite their beauty and innocuous appearance, these flowers are deadly to children.
To properly design a playground, draw a rough plan of the playground. Think carefully about what you want to put on it.
Remember that your child will be growing up and old structures may become small and uninteresting to him. So leave some space for other objects.
Also try to take into account the wishes of the child, this will make an outdoor playground complex a real wonderland for the baby.
A playground for a private home must be appropriate for the age and needs of the child.
At the playground for the baby must be present sandbox, a small swing with back and armrests, a house for games. For children from 5 to 7 years old, slides, ladders, small climbing walls will do.
Older children are more active and the best solution for their games is to place a sports playground with bars, ropes, a basketball hoop.
All of these structures can either be made on their own or bought. Sports complexes with many ladders, swings, slides, towers, sandpits and other equipment are very popular.
The photo of playgrounds on a country site most often shows them. These playgrounds are not only multifunctional, safe, but also very bright and beautiful. Their significant disadvantage is the price of 35-65 thousand rubles. More budget options with less functionality will cost parents 12-20 thousand rubles.
Making a playground with your own hands is less expensive and more creative. Independently you can create a playground that is suitable for your child, will be in good harmony with the overall design of the garden plot and fully comply with the rules of safety.
The standard sandbox has dimensions of 1.7 by 1.7 m. There are several nuances to consider when installing it.
Deepen the sandbox by removing 25-30 cm of soil over the entire area of the structure. In the middle of the resulting square you need to dig a funnel-shaped depression of 0.5-0.7 m deep and fill it with large pebbles. The depression will serve as drainage during rainfall
The bottom of the sandbox should be lined with thick polyethylene film with holes for water drainage. Wood for the walls of the sandbox must be treated against rot and vermin. When installing wooden walls, pay attention to their safety – badly sanded parts, protruding nails, etc.
It is best to install a beach umbrella or mushroom – canopy near the sandbox, so that part of its territory was protected from the scorching sun… It is best to fill the sandbox with sifted coarse river sand. To protect the sand from rain and pets, you can make covers that cover the sandbox
If you decided to make a children’s playground complex on your plot, in this case you simply can’t do without installing a slide.
When choosing a drawing on the Internet, be guided by the age and height of the child – for babies 2-5 years old, the height of the structure should not exceed 1.5m, and for older children – 2.5-3.5m. The structure should be very well secured – you should not just bury it without concreting.
The steps on the slide should be low and wide. Nail rubber mats or strips of artificial turf to them – it will keep children from falling on slippery steps after rain. Be sure to make comfortable, wide handrails on the stairs and the upper deck of the structure.
Slide for the slide is better to buy factory – to make it correctly and safely is very difficult, and the purchase of a plastic construction will cost you from 3 to 40 thousand, depending on its complexity. On the top platform of the slide you can install a rotating steering wheel for kid’s games
Often children build huts out of twigs, cushions, or furniture. So give your little one a real toy house!
Make a wooden frame of the house in the size you need and cover it with 20.0 mm boards, plywood or water-resistant gypsum cardboard.
Don’t forget to make small-frame windows in the house. To keep the house out of the rain, make real closing shutters and a door on the windows. On the floor of the house is best to nail an old linoleum – it makes cleaning easier. The roof can be covered with real tiles or homemade of painted foam.
The shape of the structure depends only on your imagination. It can be a small square house, a round dwelling of a small hobbit, or the hold of a brave pirate’s ship.
The final stage of construction is painting. Carefully monitor the condition of the house, regularly touch up damaged parts. This will help keep the structure from rotting and getting soggy for a long time.
You can decorate the room with children’s furniture, decorate with curtains. A budget option would be to buy a special play tent for a child and install it on the playground
A swing is a favorite place for kids and a must-have attribute of any playground.
To make the swing, you need to buy 2 sturdy wooden poles 3m long and 120-150 mm thick. For the crossbar you need a 1.5-meter piece of wood of the same diameter. You also need a board for making the seat, a kapron (or hemp) rope and hooks.
To place the swing, it is important to choose an open place where the child will not be hit when swinging. The structure is dug into the ground to a depth of 0.8-1 m, rubble is poured into the holes and concreted.
After fixing the crossbar, hooks must be screwed in and the seat must be suspended. Seats for small children must always be equipped with a backrest and armrests.
Regularly check the safety of the resulting structure – whether the uprights are not swinging, the hooks have not unscrewed and the rope is not frayed.
To ensure that children are not injured during active games on the playground, it must have a quality and safe surface.
Usually places for children to play at dachas are filled with sand or covered with lawn. These options are not the best, since they absorb water well and do not dry out well. Also, the coverage will not suit the ordinary lawn, as it will quickly be trampled and will fall into disrepair. You need a hard-wearing lawn for sports facilities.
The most commonly used materials are artificial turf and rubber or plastic modules. Their disadvantage is the need for careful preparation of the place for laying artificial turf – it is lined only on levelled surfaces.
Artificial grass looks natural, does not trample and does not stain your clothes. However, it does not cushion the impact of a fall.
The rubber coating is durable, hard-wearing, and has a wide variety of colors. The material is also non-toxic and hypoallergenic. The coating softens shocks well. Rubber playground is a great choice for the country house.
Plastic playground is not afraid of temperature changes, water and easy to install. The structure is quickly assembled and disassembled, so it can be expanded or moved to another place without harming the quality of the material.
A playground for a private home is not a luxury, but an opportunity for your child to have an active, safe and fun time.
Photos of playgrounds for the country house