Giving your child a place of his own is every parents’ wish. Not only a playground where he can do whatever he likes but also a space large enough for your family’s party or picnic if you want to. But the problem is that you are having a hard time puzzle everything together but still have no idea of what to do first. Dude, let me help you.
First, make an outline, then make a list.
I recommend that you draw the picture in your head so as to have a clearer ‘look’ of what you are about to build. Even better if you can have a custom design, you know, you may have some friend who is an architect. No? Well I think now that our lives have been modern than ever, computer’s applications can handle that well, and those are easy to use though. Or on the Internet has a lot of playground ideas and they are very cool, you can look up if you want. One basic rule is that whatever you build, they are not allowed to stand close to each other, because you need to supervise your children in this area. After that, you make a list of what to buy, classed by the probably biggest to smallest size if possible, and we talk about your budget.
Second, consider your budget (Yes, I know not a tutorial I don’t mention this and it sucks to go shopping but look at the price all the time~)
Again, we do not consider an unlimited budget. Unfortunately, people often have a tight one. What we do right now is to make a little calculating, to see if the list you made has gone too far or not (and I guess it has). So now you understand why I ask you to class everything in size. Considering ones on top the biggest and also most important. After all, they make the core of your playground, right?
Bad news is, you cannot buy everything on the list, as well as keep your design the same as you want. Here is what you gonna do: re-check your list, from the bottom, leave out small unnecessary things, only keep crucial elements. Remember, even though you don’t have enough money to do everything, you still have to spend more buying things really worth it. For long-term purpose, don’t try to buy low-quality materials only to see them all rusty in a year or two. Also, see if your child’s physical appearance is suitable with what you built, many people forget this sometimes.
Third, construct the safety.
It would be nice if you have someone to do it together. The more the merrier, you will have other perspective to reflex about the construction. Now, when you bring everything on paper outside, to the real world, problems are coming up for sure.
What you keep on checking every time you put on one more stone is, “Is it safe?”. Follow basic safety rules of a playground: choose fall-absorbing surface, such as sand or mulch; avoid grass or slippy materials.
The construction is done but everything is not. Remember to self-test the set you have just finished (guess it must be fun). This step is necessary, because if it can take an adult like you, maybe a child jumping, swinging on will not be a problem though. Then try supervising the new-built playground from afar, is anything hidden? If not, I think you have fulfilled your project for now. Later, if possible, you can add things you had to leave out the other time.
But right now, let’s play!