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Diy ~~build a Play Area for Your Child

Updated on November 21, 2019
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This bench is easy to construct and is portable. It is an excellent spot to enjoy some cool breezes and hear the sounds of nature.

the Play Place is Now Freshly Painted and has a Name: Heston's Hangout

Painting was not necessary as it is pressure treated wood but it just seemed to perk it up. When Heston saw it, he said. "O, Wow." I knew it was a good idea then for sure.
Painting was not necessary as it is pressure treated wood but it just seemed to perk it up. When Heston saw it, he said. "O, Wow." I knew it was a good idea then for sure. | Source

A Most Favorite Place to Play:


Up the slide is as much fun as down the slide!!!


He can get on his swing all by himself now!


Another day of climbing, sliding, and swinging


A play area for your child will be a gift that can grow with your child and will be an activity center for many years.

If you are handy with a hammer and a saw, you will be able to construct this with little or no assistance.

My son-in-law who is in my estimation an amazing carpenter has been erecting this play area for my grandson. It is my birthday gift to him and is being constructed in my yard.

Phew....that's fast!!!


One really nice feature about this play area is that it can be moved.

Yes, it is possible to move it from one location to another. Taking off the extension where he swing hangs will allow it to be moved.

Of course it is not recommended that it be moved often but if a move is made this child's wonderful play place can come along.

The best laid plans

Often we find that when a project is begun, unexpected factors intervene that cause completion of it to be delayed. Such has been the case with this play area. A number of things have happened that caused work on this fun area for my grandson to stop for a time. But that has not kept him from playing on it.

The most recent stoppage has been that I moved. O, yes. Let's get the play area well under way and then decide to move---doesn't that sound like a good idea??

Before I decided to move, consideration of the play area did occur. After conferring with my son-in-law and daughter, the decision was made to go ahead with the move. My son-in-law assured me it could be moved and I had no doubt that he would find a way.

After I had completely moved into this new-to-me home, a day was chosen to move the play area.

Pressure treated wood


Table saw at the Ready


Slide Awaiting its Place on the Play Place


Son-in-law Preparing to Assemble


Structure Beginning to Form


This Saw was Essential


Measuring and cutting Precisely is Crucial


It is Taking Shape


More Pieces are Coming Together


Together the Project Continues to Evolve




"Is This the Missing Piece?"


The Floor to the Play House Area is Coming Together


Now the Play House Area is Beginning to Really Take Shape


It is Now Becoming a Very Inviting Place


My grandson HAD to try it out today...what fun.


"My swing, Nini."


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Moving day for the play area

After having been moved in to the new-to-me house for two weeks, it was time for the play area to be moved. The really good news is that it only had to be moved from one yard to the next as I was moving next door.

My son-in-law detached the arm that held the two swings. Then the remainder of the structure was loaded onto my fabulous little wagon that my sister bought for me. If you do not have one, and, you need to haul things around your yard, this is an awesome one to have.

The fence that was adjoining the two yards is a chain link fence in part, so it was detached from the privacy fence so that the play area could be hauled through. Unfortunately I was busy with details inside of the house and playing with my baby grandson and never got pictures taken of this part of the project.

Now, in my new yard, stands the play area all put back together again. The remainder of the work on it will continue as time permits. Since I have moved there have been so many other projects that have occurred that more creating on the play area will come as we can squeeze it in to our schedule.

A Few Years Later: Little Man Enjoys it Even More, I Believe


What is needed

  • Materials
  • 1 box of 5 inch screws
  • 1 box of 3 inch screws
  • 2--6 inch lag bolts
  • The following woods are all pressure treated...
  • 45--1x4x10
  • 45--2x4x10
  • 3--4x4x8
  • 2--2x6x12

  • 1 sheet of plywood for chalkboard
  • slide, steering wheel, telescope, swings
  • Tools:
  • drill
  • miter saw
  • sander
  • chalkboard paint

Organized and Ready

This was the entry way...two sections of the fence were removed temporarily so the play area could come through.
This was the entry way...two sections of the fence were removed temporarily so the play area could come through. | Source

My trusty little blue hawk wagon

Lower the sides and you can move most holds up to one thousand pounds.
Lower the sides and you can move most holds up to one thousand pounds. | Source

A work in progress

Much of the play area is now complete. A few finishing touches will appear as we have time to add them. But for now, it is finished.

It is already a source of great enjoyment for my grandson. He races up the stairs, looks at something interesting through the telescope, and races down the slide only to do it all over again.

This will be a fun place for him for many years.

The photos of the most recent work are shown below.

Finishing touches are just completed on the roof


Working together


Slow and Steady Gets the Job Done


Securing Extra Support


This Work in Progress is Nearing Completion


Checking and Re-Checking


This is a Wrap!!


This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2013 Patricia Scott


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