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Building a play set in your own backyard has many benefits to your child’s physical and emotional stability. Not only that, but, having your very own play set can benefit the parent’s sanity as well, to that, I can attest.

1. Parental Benefits of a Play Set in Your Backyard

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Parents, if you have ever been in a “family entertainment center” for too long, you might feel like this. 

Look at it this way, having a play set simply makes life easier and better for everyone. It’s all the benefits of going to a “family entertainment center” (socializing and entertainment) and none of the disadvantages (a bunch of screaming kids and bad pizza).

I think it’s pretty clear why children would love to have a play set of their own. But let’s consider the benefit to the parent as well.

Having a play set means you don’t have to go to the park as often. That sounds like heaven to me. I’ll admit it, it’s my dirty little secret. I can’t stand going to the park. It also will save on gas.

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This might be an exaggeration, but just think about how much work you could get done at home if you had a play set in your backyard. You would never have to waste time again.

There’s very little that’s more boring than sitting around on a bench watching your child play. Even worse, when they want you to play with them. Okay, okay, it’s not the worst thing in the world, but let’s face it,  I’d much rather be at my own house while the kids scramble around on the swings and slide.

2. Parents Get More Work Done

At my own house I can do yard work nearby. I can cook dinner while the kids play. I can even dork around online while the kiddo is outside playing. At the park I’m either running around pretending to be some mysterious character or sitting on the bench trying to avoid my phone and reading useless emails. The only time the park sounds like fun is if we are meeting friends and I’ll have someone to chat with, which leads me to my next point.


3. Social Benefits of Having a Play Set

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Playing on play sets is one of the first activities that encourages kids to communicate with one another as they share each play component.

Having a play set offers the opportunity for more social time between parents and kids.

If your backyard contains a playset, you can invite friends over, having time to chat it up with the parents of your children’s friends.

The kids get to play. The parents get to play. It’s a win win for everyone.

4. Play Set Increases Community

One of the parts of American life is that we aren’t as social with our neighbors in many communities as we used to be. In previous generations, families spent time with their neighbors out of necessity. During pioneer times knowing your neighbors could save your life. These days, we don’t have any real reason to spend time with the people who live near us. But community is important.


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Build it and they will come… Once you build a play set in your backyard, your children and friends will love to play in your backyard.

People like to feel like they have a reason to invite neighbors over. Having a play set can let your kids get to know the neighbor kids more easily. It increases community and shores up your neighborhood as a safer place. Knowing the families in your neighborhood increases the likelihood that predators will keep at bay. People who know each other can take care of their neighbors during times of illness or emergency. Having a play set is a great way to get to know your neighbors.

5. Improve Health

Having a play set outside in their backyard increases the opportunities for children to play outside, thus increasing the health of your child.

Children need daily outside play. Having a play set in the backyard increases the chances that your child will play outside more often at home.

Play Sets are the Gift that Keeps on Giving

So, enjoy yourself. Get a play set built in your backyard. With today’s busy lifestyle, you deserve to reward yourself and your little ones. You will never regret it. You can even get play sets professionally installed!

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Did you Know Play Sets Help Children Develop?

Build Physical Skills

  • Running, swinging, climbing, jumping and sliding. Improves endurance, builds muscles and helps develop coordination and balance.
Develop Social Skills

  • Children learn decision making skills, resolve differences, negotiate and build self-confidence
Improve Health and Fitness

  • Play helps to build active, healthy bodies and may reduce the risk of childhood obesity.
Stimulate Learning and Creativity

  • Children learn to use their imagination, see how things work and pick-up new ideas.

2 responses to “Top 5 Benefits of Building a Play Set in Your Backyard

Posted by Jane Ambrose

This year for my youngest child’s birthday my husband and I are thinking about installing a playset. I really like the point this article makes about children having social benefits from having a playset. I think this would be really fun for my kids because they would be able to invite our neighbors over anytime. Thank you for the information!

Posted on July 13, 2017 at 9:45 am

Posted by Eli Richardson

I truly agree when you said that going to the park is exhausting; that is why a play set at home is such a great idea. Thank you for taking the time to provide us your experience. I will drive to the nearest hardware store to build a playset.

Posted on July 5, 2019 at 4:11 pm

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