4 ways to liven up your backyard

5 fun water activities

Do you want to upgrade your backyard this summer? If so, here are a few ideas that may inspire you to transform your outdoor space into a family-friendly oasis. 1. Install a play structure Purchase and install a play structure for your kids to climb, swing and slide on. If you’re a skilled DIYer, you can also build your own tire or rope swing. Just make sure every- thing’s safe. 2. Put in a swimming pool Both in-ground and above-ground pools are great for the whole family. They provide hours of fun for the kids, and adults can enjoy a re- freshing dip or workout. 3. Build a treehouse It doesn’t need to be big or elaborate for your kids to enjoy having their own treehouse. Just make sure it’s safe, stable and weatherproof. 4. Create an outdoor theatre All you need is a TV or a projector and a large sheet to have a movie night under the stars. If you have a large backyard, you can add a few speakers to improve the sound quality. You can also lay out cushions and blankets to create a cosy atmosphere.

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy spla- shing in the water. Even if you don’t live near a pool or lake, there are plenty of ways to have fun playing with it. 1. Water gun fight. Get the whole family in- volved in a friendly water gun fight. You’ll quickly lose track of time as you try to avoid getting soaked. 2. Apple bobbing. This classic game will leave you laughing as you try to pick apples out of a large basin of water using only your mouth. 3. Water balloon tag. Tossing water bal- loons is a great way to have fun and cool down on a hot day. In this clever take on the classic water balloon fight, whoever is “it” gets a water balloon and tries to tag the other players. 4. Pass the water. This game involves filling a cup with water and pouring it backward over your head as the person behind you tries to catch it in their own cup. 5. Making rainbows. Create rainbows using the misting nozzle on your garden hose. Stand in a sunny spot, point the hose in the

direction of your shadow, turn it on and let the magic happen.

To find the materials you need for your back- yard project, visit the stores in your area.

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