Across the Fence

with Ann Brooke

Natural playgrounds: what the lucky child has in her backyard

water play

Natural water play in New York’s Riverside Park

Any backyard is big enough to include at least some of these, and in a form that adults can enjoy, too. A frog-pond can be as small as 18” across, or it can be in a container. An arbor can double as a tree-house, if it has a roof and a ladder – adults underneath, kids on top. A cave can be the space under a low-hanging shrub.

There are dozens of good ideas on Pinterest, many of them easy and inexpensive.

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