Spice up your backyard trampoline with these fun alternatives to bouncing!
The kids love to bounce on the backyard trampoline, but did you know there’s a heap of other fun uses for your backyard bounce?
The perfect outdoor learning space
For a child that learns better outdoors, the trampoline is the perfect space. Grab chalks to play letter and number games on jumping surface, a child can even bounce over to the correct answer!
Trampoline camp out
Get the sleeping bags out and have a sleepover on the trampoline! Tell stories, play games and sleep under the stars, whilst being off the damp grass and away from the creepy crawlies.
If you have a trampoline with an enclosure, throw an old parachute or large sheet over the top of the enclosure and it turns into a bouncy cubby house!
Lay back on the trampoline with the kids and watch the clouds go by, seeing what shapes you can spot in the sky. The bouncing surface is a great alternative to lying in the garden, away from the bugs and itchy grass.
Kids playing in the garden all afternoon? Why not use the trampoline as a parent’s retreat?! Put a sunshade over the top and fill the surface with cushions, and it becomes the perfect place for parents to chat whilst the kids play.
Trampoline movie night
Grab your pillows and blankets and watch a movie outside on the trampoline. Use a cheap projector to project the movie onto a white sheet hung onto the enclosure, or just use a laptop!
Being raised off the ground, the trampoline is the perfect place for a picnic! Lay your blanket down and you have a soft outdoor surface to lay back on, nicely away from the ants.
The jumping surface is the perfect blank canvas! Far more comfortable to sit on than the driveway, kids can colour and draw to their heart’s content and just hose it down once finished.
Gaze at the stars
Once the sun goes down, lay your blankets on the surface and it becomes a comfortable place to watch the stars at night.
Want to make your yoga workout a little more challenging? Try some of your favourite yoga poses on the trampoline. It will test your coordination and balance, and burn a few more calories than being done on the flat ground.
If you work from home and need a change of scenery, why not take the laptop out to the trampoline for a great, fun outdoor office? It’s amazing how much better you work with a different outlook.
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Written by Angela Sutherland
After spending many years hustling stories on busy editorial desks around the world, Angela is now mum of two little ones and owner/editor at Kids on the Coast / Kids in the City. She is an atrocious cook and loves cutting shapes to 90s dance music.