Every summer I rework this area of our patio. It is the corner with the most amount of shade throughout the day. It's also right outside the sliding glass door to the house so it's easy to "end up" here.
It gets reworked because every year we have different needs. The first summer Annika was 6 months old. She was crawling so I laid down a giant padded matt. That was it! Two years ago when she was 2 it looked like this. All her arts, crafts and toys fit in this area. I made it fun with Chinese parasols and hanging her art work: painted Starbucks cups turned into wind chimes.
This year the space has the same whimsey with the parasols but it's more of a sitting area for adults and kids. We've been eating many dinners out here. Annika's stuff is scattered throughout the entire back yard. It's not a couple of things anymore. It's wake boards, soccer balls, basketballs, wagons, easels, sand tables, gardening gear, tents etc. It's really her back yard and we get a little corner sitting area.
Next year Gemma will be a little over a year and Annika five. Our requirements will change again and so will the space.
Labels: kid space, outdoor living