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Backyard Playgrounds

Build Amazing Treehouses, Ninja Projects, Obstacle Courses, and More!

Illustrated by David Stiles
Published by Skyhorse
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

Build your own treehouses, swing sets, skate ramps, Ninja courses, and more!

Kids and families of all ages are rediscovering the great outdoors, including their own backyards. It is more important than ever to be able to entertain our kids at home, teach them about nature, and give them a great time building, exercising, staying in shape, and working together. All of these actions help foster independence, confidence, and growth. In Do-It-Yourself Backyard Playgrounds, authors Jean and David Stiles offer user-friendly plans (all hand-drawn by David) and step-by-step instructions to help you build something great in your own backyard. They offer a range of easy, timeless projects that can be made in an afternoon—trolley ride, treasure chest, circle swing, lemonade stand—alongside more ambitious projects, like the warped wall and treehouse. Learn how to build a complete Ninja adventure course and see how the treehouse can double as a home base for the adventure course that radiates from it!
 
The book includes photos of projects (during construction and completed), and explanatory step-by-step illustrations. 
 

“America’s first couple of do-it-yourself building projects” —NBC The Today Show

“Joyful drawings and crystal-clear illustrations . . . imaginative, iconic outdoor projects guaranteed to tempt and thrill the adventurous child of any age.” —Don Metz, author of Confessions of a Country Architect

 "Whether for kids or adults, "Backyard Playgrounds" will get your mind churning with its avalanche of cool ideas, inventive budget approaches, and intriguing illustrations. The Stiles duo know their trade- this book is loaded with drool-worthy DIY designs that just about anybody can tackle."  —Derek "Deek" Diedricksen, author of Micro Living,  and Tree House Builder/Designer