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    25 Ways To Seriously Upgrade Your Family's Backyard

    The longer your kids are outside the less mess you have to clean inside.

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    1. Build a slide into your landscaping!

    2. Or use your rustic back area to create a tire swing set.

    Or obstacle course. I'm not picky.

    3. This is the ultimate in home bowling.

    Unless your house belongs on MTV Cribs, and even then, this is way more fun. Learn how to make your own at I See, I Do, I Make.

    4. Create your own custom lanterns.

    5. Or build a zen fountain.

    6. Enjoy your fountain from this simple DIY bench.

    Reinvent your backyard without trying too hard. Find the how-to at Fab Everyday.

    7. You can make your own fancy outdoor kitchen.

    See how this awesomeness can be done on Instructables.

    8. Or build yourselves an outdoor theater.

    9. Don't have room for a fire pit, but still craving s'mores?

    Find this easy hack at Smart School House.

    10. Plant upwards.

    Watering the lower plants is a great chore for kiddos. Learn how to build your own at Ana White.

    11. Customize this family monogram.

    Check out the tutorial at House of Figs.

    12. Growing corn in a pot is a thrill for those young and old.

    13. Build an above ground pool that will be the envy of your neighborhood.

    14. Never run out of things to do.

    Learn how to play this game at This Grandma Is Fun.

    15. Imagine your whole yard as a giant maze.

    Make your backyard a-maze-ing.

    16. Tire swings are tired. Build a skate swing!

    Little Bit Funky has the instructions.

    17. Finally, a twister board that won't move!

    18. Make your own massive, hose-off chalk board!

    19. Keep the grown-up toys conveniently out of reach.

    Turtles and Tails built this DIY hideaway bar.

    20. Keep a cart filled with outdoor activities that can easily be rolled indoors when weather insists.

    Find this and some other terrific backyard ideas at By Stephanie Lynn.

    21. Upcycle just about anything onto a music wall.

    This one was made by some amazing elementary school students.

    22. Create a sensory path for littles to explore.

    Play At Home Teacher can show you how (and why!)

    23. This genius sandbox cover doubles as seating.

    Where was this DIY when we were chasing cats out of our sandbox?!

    24. This no-fade hopscotch board is made from painted pavers.

    Make your own with these instructions from Happiness is Homemade.

    25. And of course, don't forget to make the food!

    This clever idea is from Munchkins and Moms.

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