Turn A Wall Into A Playground

  • Turn A Wall Into A Playground

Once children start school they tend to become involved in sport, and even the smallest backyard can provide a safe space for them to practice. 

Using painter’s tape, create a temporary arena for your budding sports star. From footy in the winter, to cricket and tennis in summer, there’s scope for year-round activity.

Cricket pitch 

Cricket stump dimensions are 229 x 711mm. Measure the first stump and mark the wall with masking tape. From the top, measure across to the third stump and tape, then position the middle stump. Add the bails.

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All you need to create a cricket pitch in the yard is a wall and a bit of masking tape 

Soccer goals 

Get in some soccer practice any time you feel like it with a removable goal. The dimensions of a junior net are 2133 x 6400mm. Measure across the base for the width, then tape the posts to the height of the net on both sides. Join the posts to create a crossbar. Make the goal smaller to increase difficulty.

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Get in some soccer practice any time you feel like it with a removable goal

Creative canvas 

Young children love to draw and paint, so turn the wall into a blank canvas for their ideas. Chalkboard paints are washable and come in a range of tintable colours. 

Clean the wall and prepare the surface with a waterproof membrane. Once dry, apply the paint. One litre will cover 16sqm. Let it dry completely before use. 

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Vertical challenge  

As your kids grow a little older, they will relish the challenge of a climbing wall. Not only is it a great workout, it increases self-confidence, teaches trust and builds strong, healthy bodies.

Rock climbing grips are ideal for any play area with vertical walls or ramps. For safety, position foam mats under the wall. Make sure the kids put on safety pads for elbows and knees, and always wear a helmet. 

The grips used for this project come in different sizes in packs of five. Pre-drilled holes and fasteners are included, making them simple to install on timber walls and ramps.

For a masonry wall like this one, use masonry anchors such as DynaBolts.

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Step 1. Position the grips

Apply Selleys Ezy Tack to the back of the climbing grips and arrange them on the wall. Enlist the kids to help move them around and check the spacing until you get the ideal set-up. It should be difficult but not impossible

Step 2. Drill the holes

Draw a chalk mark in each hole to indicate the positions of the grips as a guide for drilling. Remove the grips and pull off the Ezy Tack, then drill the holes in the wall using an 8mm masonry drill bit.

Step 3. Secure the grips

Using M8 DynaBolts, attach the grips to the wall. Always test each rock grip for weight before letting the kids loose on them. When all the grips are in position, arrange the foam mats on the ground and start climbing.

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