Last week we featured a post on how to build a backyard play structure that would appeal to the younger set. This got us thinking about what can be done for older kids, as they can sometimes be a bit more prone to proclaiming 'I'm bored' and 'There's nothing to do.' As with the previous project, these will require a nice chunk of space and some naked ambition, but as they are aimed at older children, there should be some free grunt labor for you to tap into. Plus it is a chance to learn and build something together.
Popular Mechanics has a great article that covers how to build three structures that any active child will love: a rock climbing wall, a skateboard ramp and a BMX jump. Each of them has its own challenges and specific requirements, but if your child has an interest in climbing, skating or biking, then one of these projects may be the perfect one for your family.
While the article is not overly long, each section is amazingly thorough in its instructions. Offering your children this type of entertainment in their very own backyard will no doubt keep them closer to home and happy to be there.
Of course, we would be remiss not to point out that each of these activities has inherent risks and all safety equipment and sensible precautions should be taken.
Images: Popular Mechanics