Backyard Nature Trail for Kids

This project is for the children in your life.  We created a backyard trail for kids with fun things to do and learn right in your own backyard. 

Yellow fairy door in the woods

After moving to a new house, my daughter's family decided to make some DIY improvements to the backyard including this string life project. 

pole lights for backyard

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A perfectly manicured yard was great but the kids needed a fun area that wasn't filled with large plastic pieces. 

backyard with lights and shed

The teacher in me was all over this project!!

Here is the answer... way in the back of the yard, behind the shed, we created a nature trail. 

trail marker

The trail runs behind the large cedar trees into the corner of the yard. 

backyard trail with sign

forest trees

At the entrance we added easy to make wooden signs and a hanging flag banner. 

entrance to trail with flags

We clipped dead limbs and lined them up around the path acting as a border for the trail. 

path with tree lined trail

We raked the area and added pea gravel to the entrance which makes a great platform for a small picnic bench.

pea gravel area

wooden picnic table area

On the back of the shed we created a framed chalkboard area. 

chalkboard and child

The children write on the back of the shed with chalk and the rain will wash it away! 

writing on chalkboard

Scrap wood was used to make a balance beam for the kids to make their way across,

scrap wood balance beam

a great way to use their imaginations as they balance across a make believe rushing river.

walking across balance beam

I made little fairy houses on wood slices that can be nailed in place using tiny nails. 

fairy house in a tree

Little stones and steps around the doors make the fairy doors look so real! 

Fairy garden door

The kids loved creating little wooden fairies peg people that might live in these houses. 

This house was painted on the top of a fence picket. 

picket fence fairy house

The children can use their imaginations to create a whole day of fun in the "woods" and still be in their own backyard. 

backyard trail with slide

A slide was added to the trail as part of an obstacle course for the kids. 

backyard path with flags

We made a trip to the local beach to collect shells, driftwood and feathers to lay along the path for the kids to discover. 

feather garden

If you don't live near the beach you can purchase treasures on Amazon. 

backyard trail

A whole day of fun and home is just a few steps away!

sign for home

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rainbow in the sky

backyard trail with overlay

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I am Susan, the author and creator at Homeroad. I am a wife, mother of 4 daughters, and a grandmother of 5 and counting. I am a retired teacher, a DIY blogger and an artist at heart. .