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A "Softer" Playground

Pea gravel under swing set
Instead of sand, mulch, or wood chips, consider using a 9 to 12 inch layer of washed pea gravel around swingsets and play areas. Critters don't use it as a litter box; it drains quickly and read more
 

Playhouse plans
6 Foot Square Playhouse Plans

offered by Rockler Woodworking

Rough and Tumble Outpost by artist-builder Barbara Butler
This amazing play structure, by artist-builder Barbara Butler, was finished with brightly colored WoodBurst Non-Toxic Wood Stains. You may not want to put this much time or money into your project, but a vibrant splash of color can be added to any size play area.

Playhouses You Can Build
Playhouses You Can Build

My Very Own House
My Very Own House

Folding cardboard playhouse

Paint it Yourself House Play Tent
Paint it Yourself House Play Tent

Megaland by PlayHut
Megaland by PlayHut

Tree Houses: You Can Actually Build (Stiles, David R. Weekend Project Book Series)
Tree Houses: You Can Actually Build

Rustic Retreats: A Build-It-Yourself Guide by David R. Stiles, Jeanie Trusty Stiles
Rustic Retreats

The Indian Tipi: Its History, Construction, and Use by Reginald and Gladys Laubin, Stanley Vestal
The Indian Tipi:

Its History, Construction and Use

The Kids Campfire Book by Jane Drake, Ann Love, Heather Collins (Illustrator)
The Kids Campfire Book

Playhouses You Can Build
Fun Ride Deluxe Classic Zip Line

Balance Board
Vinyl Sling Seat
Twizzler II
Hi-Walker Stilts

Playhouses, Tepee, Tents

  Plains Hideaway
  Magic Doorbell Playhouse
  Megaland by PlayHut
  Little Tikes, Patio Playhouse
  Castle Playhouse
  My Playhouse Theater

That's How We Build A House (DVD) - Click Here
That's How We Build A House
(DVD)
Best children's video of the year
- Parenting Magazine

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  House Construction
  Road Construction Ahead
  There Goes a Dump Truck

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Books About Building Playhouses, Forts, Treehouses, Playgrounds & Play Areas for Kids

The first thing to remember B4UBUILD a play area for children is: "If they can, they will." If they can climb to the top of the swingset, they will. If they can jump off a tower, they will. If they can stick their head between the railings they will. If 12 kids can stand on a swinging bridge at one time, they will. If they can fly off the.... you get the point.

So, please, look at the project you are about to build with safety in mind. Be sure edges are not sharp, fingers cannot be pinched, and swinging objects are not too hard. Above all, be sure that there is a surface that will absorb the impact of a fall under and around any objects on which children can climb. It is far less costly to build a safe play area than it is to visit an emergency room.

 

Backyard Play Areas You Can MakeClick to read our review of this book: Complete Plans and Instructions for Building Playhouses, Forts, and Swing Sets - by Paul Gerhards

Home Tree Home - by Peter Nelson, David Larkin, Paul Rocheleau

Treehouses: You Can Actually Build (Weekend Project Book Series) - by David and Jeanie Stiles

Treehouses: The Art and Craft of Living Out on a Limb - by Peter Nelson, David Larkin, Paul Rocheleau

The Treehouse Book - by Peter Nelson, Judy Nelson, Paul Rocheleau (Photographer), David Larkin

Playhouses You Can Build: Indoor & Backyard Designs (Weekend Project Book Series) - by David R. Stiles, Jeanie Stiles

Children's Playhouses: Plans and Ideas - by Tina Skinner

Retreats: Handmade Hideaways to Refresh the Spirit - by G. Lawson Drinkard III

Little Retreats: More Than Thirty Cozy Getaway Spaces for the Seaside - by Jane Tidbury, Peter Aprahamian

Rustic Retreats: A Build-It-Yourself Guide - by David R. Stiles, Jeanie Trusty Stiles

Hiding in a Fort: Backyard Retreats for Kids - by G. Lawson Drinkard, Fran Lee

A Kids Guide to Building Forts - by Tom Birdseye, Bill Klein

A Shelter Sketchbook: Timeless Building Solutions - by John S. Taylor

Building an Igloo - by Ulli Steltzer

The Indian Tipi: Its History, Construction, and Use - by Reginald Laubin, Gladys Laubin, Stanley Vestal

Make Your Own Tipi - by James E. Jones

Tipis & Yurts: Authentic Design for Circular Shelters - by Blue Evening Star, Leslie Dierks

Retreats: Handmade Hideaways to Refresh the Spirit - by G. Lawson Drinkard, Lawson Drinkard

Housebuilding for Children: Step-by-Step Plans for Houses Children Can Build Themselves - by Les Walker, Nonny Hogrogian

A Little House of My Own: 47 Grand Designs for 47 Tiny Houses - by Lester Walker

The Tiny Book of Tiny Houses - by Lester Walker

Tiny Tiny Houses - by Lester Walker

How to Make Play Houses - by Peter Holland

Build a Kid's Play Yard - by Jeff Beneke, Neil Soderstrom

A Child's Garden: Enchanting Outdoor Spaces for Children and Parents - by Molly Dannenmaier

Roots, Shoots, Buckets & Boots: Gardening Together With Children - by Sharon Lovejoy

Garden Retreats: A Build-It-Yourself Guide - by Jeanie Stiles, David R. Stiles

Garden Retreats: Creating an Outdoor Sanctuary - by Barbara Blossom Ashmun, Allan Mandell (Photographer)

The Sanctuary Garden: Creating a Place of Refuge in Your Yard or Garden - by Christopher Forrest McDowell, Tricia Clark-McDowell, C. Forest McDowell

Plants for Play: A Plant Selection Guide for Children's Outdoor Environments - by Robin C. Moore

Landscapes for Learning: Creating Outdoor Environments for Children and Youth - by Sharon Stine

Natural Learning: The Life History of an Environmental Schoolyard - by Robin C. Moore, Herbert H. Wong

Play for All Guidelines: Planning, Designing and Management of Outdoor Play Settings for All Children - by Robin C. Moore, Susan M. Goltsman, Daniel S. Iacofano (Editor)

Safety First Checklist: Inspection and Maintenance Program for Children's Play Areas - by Sally McIntyre, Susan M. Goltsman



 

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