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20 Fun Backyard Ideas For Your Home

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Now that the spring is right around the corner, many people are already coming up with ideas so that they can make the most out of their backyard space. When the weather is nice, there’s nothing better than heading outside and enjoying your yard. Nobody wants to waste a beautiful day sitting inside staring at a screen. With that being said; however, whether you’re working with a small or large space, sometimes it can be a little difficult to decide the best way to use it. Well the good news is that there are plenty of options to turn your backyard into the perfect place to have some fun. From life-size board games to revamping your favorite childhood classics, a little creativity can really go a long way when it comes to having fun. Even if you’re all grown up, it can be nice to kick back and have some good clean fun. If you’re looking for the perfect way to get your family outdoors this coming spring and summer, these awesome ideas will help you make the most of your backyard. Here are 20 fun backyard design ideas.

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Cool Idea: Trampoline Tent

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Today I browsed Pinterest to find some fun outdoor activities for the kids! These are out-of-the-box ideas that you can make at home…Today i will show you a Cool Idea: Trampoline Tent.

My brother and sister and I did a fair amount of backyard camping when we were kids, but if we’d had one of these trampoline tents, it would’ve been impossible for our parents to get us in the house. In fact, if I had one now, I doubt I would sleep indoors.

This tent fixture ($142) clips onto the edge of a circular trampoline, converting it into a tent or backyard playhouse for kids. It features four windows and two zip-up doors, and comes with a waterproof fly sheet. Do you know any kids who’d dig this? And by kids, I mean adults.

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50+ fun things to do on a Kangaroo Hoppers Trampoline

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As a parent, there are a few things I am adamant about, the first of which is that I will teach my kids that getting outside and staying active can be fun. Or, make that really, really fun. What better way to teach them that getting moving can be fun than with the coolest way to exercise ever?

I don’t think my family has ever had more fun than when we are jumping on the Kangaroo Hoppers Trampoline together. Between fits of giggles, we play all sorts of creative games, get out excess energy, and bond in a way I never thought possible.

And, I’m not just talking with my kids, I’m talking whole extended family – aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and even grandparents. To hear grown adults laugh and play like children has been awesomely fun and I just keep wondering why we didn’t buy a trampoline sooner.
But, not only is jumping on a trampoline a fun way to play around as a family, it’s also low impact, high aerobic exercise that improves balance, agility, and coordination. In the few weeks we’ve had our trampoline, we’ve all awoken long forgotten muscles and feel like we’re in better shape overall.

By far the biggest improvement we have seen has been in our 18 month old little guy’s balance and coordination. Seeing his first tentative steps change to running and bouncing with confidence on the trampoline has been amazing to watch, but what’s great is how it has translated to a better climbing, running, and jumping little guy off the trampoline as well.
With how much improvement we’ve seen over the past few weeks, we’re really excited about the weeks ahead when we can enjoy some sunshine and get outside even more. In an effort to keep the trampoline as fresh and new as possible and keep seeing these benefits, we’ve been brainstorming all the ways we can best utilize the trampoline.

I’ve compiled a list of all the activities I’m excited to try this summer on the Kangaroo Hoppers Trampoline and have included some all-time favorites, some new games we made up, and some ideas we think might be fun to try. Enjoy!
Just add water – put a sprinkler either under the surface of the trampoline or off to one side and let the kids jump in their bathing suits and sunscreen and enjoy a hot summer day. Be sure to Trampoline Misterexercise caution as the jumping surface can get slippery when wet. Want a finer mist as you jump? Kangaroo Hoppers makes a great trampoline mister that connects to the Kangaroo Hoppers safety enclosure and keeps you 25 degrees cooler while jumping, which is perfect for hot summer days!
Inflatable beach ball – have the entire family lay on the trampoline with their heads together in the center and try and keep the ball in the air using their hands and legs. Count how many times you are able to toss the ball up before you lose control of it and try and go for an all-time high record.

Hopper ball – pick up a fun Knagaroo Hoppers hopper ball for the kids at any sports store or toy retailer and let the kids hop across the trampoline {one at a time for this one}.

Jump rope snake – have one person stand outside the trampoline and move a jump rope back and forth over the surface of the trampoline in an “s” formation. Then one child tries to jump over the rope {aka “snake”} without getting “bit”. If they touch it, the children switch places.

Dance party – just add music and you have everything you need for a rockin’ good time.
Water bombs – one of our favorite summer day activities is changing into swimwear and then playing catch with water toys that soak up water, like Water Bombs. Add that fun to your trampoline and it’s hours and hours of soaking fun.

Picasso unleashed – did you know you can write on the jumping surface of your trampoline with sidewalk chalk? It’s true! Think of it like a giant canvas and see what you can create as a family! Once you start jumping the chalk will come off slowly or it will disappear completely with a slight rain.
Chinese jump rope – lay Chinese jump ropes {stretchy elastic jump ropes} across the trampoline surface and chose one person as your player. Have one player at a time step in, out, side, side, in, out, side, side in a pattern and chant the steps in order as the player jumps. You can also have someone randomly call out a series that the player must follow.

Tag – using soft Velcro balls and Velcro vests with targets makes for a great game of tag. You can pick up cheap sets at any sporting goods store, or you can make your own with old sweaters and Velcro balls.

Basketball – Whether you are playing one-on-one, playing H.O.R.S.E. or a game of Around The World, a basketball hoop adds another dimension of fun to your backyard and your trampoline.
Hopscotch – using sidewalk chalk, draw a hopscotch board on the trampoline surface and take turns jumping across.

Twister – draw your own game board on the trampoline surface using sidewalk chalk and use the original game spinner or you can try out the newer Twister Hoopla version of the game that utilize Twister “hoops”.

Obstacle course – set up a course in your yard that ends at the trampoline and have them jump a specified number of bounces or bounce for a length of time to finish. This makes sure they are good and worn out at the end.

Crack the Egg – have one person sit in the center of the trampoline holding their knees to their chest with both arms. Other children jump around the “egg” and try to get the person to let go of their legs.

Simon says – just like regular Simon Says, but with extra bounce.

Memory – everyone sits around the perimeter of the trampoline along the pad and one person does a “trick” in the center of the jumping surface. The second person then does the first person’s trick and adds one of their own and this continues with each child doing the tricks before them and then adding their own. If someone forgets a trick or gets them out of order, they are out and the game continues until one child is left.

Play ball – position a lightweight {think beach ball or small air-filled} ball in the center of the jumping surface and jump around, trying to keep the ball as close to center as possible.
Learning while moving – if you have a child who learns better when they are away from a desk, a trampoline is a great place to burn off energy while learning new things. You can write the answers in chalk on the trampoline and then have your child jump to the answer they think is correct, or you can do simple letter and number games with little kids.

Science everything – we all know that learning about science while doing helps you retain what you’ve learned, but trampolines make that about a thousand times more fun. Teach the principles of gravity, weights, friction and static electricity while laughing and getting some great exercise.

Low impact cardio – some of your favorite moves at the gym can easily be modified for the trampoline including jumping jacks, lunges, high knees, squats, running in place or simply jogging around the perimeter of the jumping surface.

Kickboxing – think kickboxing is fun at the gym? Try it out on your trampoline at home for even more fun and higher jumps. For obvious reasons, this should only be done solo.

Yoga – why not try some of your favorite yoga moves on the soft {and forgiving} surface of a trampoline? You may not be able to do all the poses, but you can certainly do some and have fun trying!

Cross country skiing – shift your feet forwards and backwards, alternating feet as if you are trekking through the snow

Downhill skiing – with feet together, jump side to side as if racing down a mountain.

Back to basics – sit-ups on a trampoline are much easier on the back. Whether you are doing a modified crunch or a full sit-up, the trampoline surface is a nice place to work out in comfort.

Warm ups – if you are training for a run, you probably spend a good deal of time warming up your muscles before taking off. Why not do some bouncing and then your calisthenics on the soft surface of a trampoline before your run?

Twist and jump – whether you are simply bouncing to face right and then bouncing back to face left or you are doing a full 360 degree spin in the air, this is a great exercise as it works your core, too.

Feet pulse – keeping your hips and upper body steady, push your feet up and down in the middle of the trampoline without having them leave the jumping surface. Trust me, it’s harder than it sounds, and a great leg workout!

Challenge yourself – find out how long you can bounce in one stretch or see how many more workout moves you can come up with. Almost any exercise can be modified for a trampoline, it just takes a little creativity! For more ideas, check out the Kangaroo Hoppers YouTube Channel or follow them on Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest for inspiration for getting fit on a trampoline.
Follow the leader – choose one child as the leader and everyone else has to copy what they do.

Duck, Duck, GOOSE! – this is a toddler favorite that is good for a small group. Make sure there are plenty of parents sitting in the jumping surface to supervise and only let the toddlers do the running.

Super Heroes – everyone knows super heroes can fly, so what better way to play pretend than on a surface that can really feel like flying? Make or buy capes that velcro on to the shoulders {make sure they do not wrap around the neck for safety reasons} and get ready to save the day.
Tumbling – Trampolines are a great place to teach basic tumbling like somersaults because the surface is so forgiving.

Ring around the Rosie – the kiddos love this anywhere, but I love the soft surface of the trampoline better than hard surfaces.

Play catch – anyone who has ever played catch with a toddler knows that more time is spent chasing the ball than is spent actually learning. An enclosed trampoline surface is a great, contained space to teach your little one to catch and throw since the ball naturally rolls back to you.

Secondhand scarves – dancing with trailing silk scarves is a favorite activity of my kids, but when you add the fun of the trampoline bounce, scarf play is even more fun.

Stir the soup – the kiddos sit in the center, each declared a vegetable or soup ingredient, and one person runs slowly around the outside of the jumping surface, picking up speed so eventually the “ingredients” bounce as if they are at a rolling “boil”.

Add a roof – a simple play parachute becomes an awesome ready-made roof with a few simple elastic ties. See our DIY trampoline parachute roof here.
Trampolines aren’t just for jumping, they are also a great surface for laying, hanging out, and for snuggling. Here’s our favorite anti-jump trampoline activities:

Backyard campout – Kangaroo Hoppers sells a great trampoline tent that can make your trampoline a Trampoline-p-BigTop-Tentsleepover haven, a daytime fort, or an enclosed bounce house. How incredibly cool is that?

Movie night – using an inexpensive projector and a white sheet or curtain or simply a large laptop, plan an outdoor movie night for the whole family. Bring out lots of blankets, pillows, and snacks and lay back and watch a favorite family movie under the stars.
Larger-than-life hammock – what could be better than an oversized hammock built for the whole family? Whether you are relaxing after a fun day of jumping or you are reading books together, a trampoline is an incredibly comfortable place to lay to unwind.

Relaxing on TrampolineStar gazing – what better place to lay back and watch the night sky than the soft and snuggly trampoline surface. Add blankets, spill-proof cocoa, and even a telescope and you’re all set for the next meteor shower.

Cloud shapes – during the day, the trampoline is the perfect place to lay back and pick out cloud shapes with your little one. You’d be surprised at how early they can play this game and how fun it is to watch their imaginations blossom.

Enjoy your WiFi – have internet service that doesn’t require cables? Make the most of it by taking your netbook, laptop, or tablet outside and making an ultra comfy “office” for a day.

Family band – the surface of the trampoline is the perfect place to get a drum beat going. Add in a singer, a guitar, or a kid’s band set and you’re ready to perform.

Gazebo – we lost our gazebo this year during a huge snow fall and decided to replace it with the Kangaroo Hoppers Trampoline instead. For our summertime backyard events, we are planning on throwing outdoor pillows onto the jumping surface, putting up our parachute “roof” over the top of the trampoline enclosure, and then adding colorful curtains tied back at the sides to create a private place for the adults to sit around the perimeter of the trampoline to talk.
As much fun as trampolines are, they aren’t any fun if someone gets hurt, which is why safety is always our biggest concern. Kangaroo Hoppers Trampolines have numerous safety features you just don’t find in lesser quality models and it’s why we wouldn’t consider anything else.