August is Family Fun Month, so take advantage of the dog days of summer to make some great memories with your kids! Getting your kids to play outside isn’t just fun – it’s also good for their vision, social skills, attention span and overall health. Here are a few ideas to turn that practical backyard shed into a place for family-friendly activities that will get everyone outdoors.
Backyard Movie Night. Turn your shed into a movie screen by hanging a white sheet on the side, or project the movie onto a light-colored shed wall. To ensure everyone has a great view, create tiered seating by making the first row out of blankets or sleeping bags, the second row with low lawn chairs and the tallest chairs in the back row. Leave an aisle so kids can easily get snack refills during the movie.
Draw a Path. If you have kids, you know that anything involving chalk is generally a good thing. Turn your shed into a magical destination by chalking a themed pathway to the shed (think “yellow brick road”, “castle” or “theme park”). Decorate the shed according to the theme for a fun, temporary escape.
Create a Mural. Get artistic by hanging a canvas or large sections of paper on the side of the shed for kids to draw or paint a mural on. If you are worried about color from little hands getting on the shed, be sure to use water-based paints or chalk that can be washed off the siding once the project is done.
Put on a Play. Many kids love dressing up and basking in the limelight. Channel their enthusiasm by making your kids the writers, directors and stagehands in your own family play. Hang up a scenic backdrop on your shed and let the theatrical adventure begin.
Keep Score. Get a little competition going with a game of baseball, and to add some creativity, have the kids make a scoreboard out of poster board to hang on your shed. Worried about damage to your shed? LP® SmartSide® Trim & Siding products are resistant to impacts from common projectiles found in a backyard, such as golf balls, baseballs and rocks.
No matter how you use your shed, LP Outdoor Building Solutions products are built to last. They are available for purchase nationwide through independent dealers. Find a shed dealer near you.
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