Enjoy a holiday at home with the kids thanks to these simple backyard hacks. Entertaining the kids over the holidays doesn't have to be stressful. It doesn't have to break the bank either! Here's a convenient list of five of our favourite backyard hacks to keep your kids entertained this summer. Build your own backyard sandpit We're sure most adults have fond memories of playing in their own sandpits when they were children. There are plenty of ways to build a sandpit in your backyard. If you're intent on building it yourself, this helpful article from Better Homes & Gardens is a great start. If you don't have the time or if you're not DIY-minded, you can pick up ready-made sandpits from most hardware stores! Make your own DIY sandpit. Throw a fun pool party If you've got a pool in your backyard, why not invite your kids' friends over for a pool party? Children love splashing about in the water, especially on hot days. It's also a great way to tire them out. Check out some of our pool safety tips to make sure everyone enjoys themselves responsibly. A pool party is a great way to keep your kids entertained! Create an outdoor play kitchen for them Outdoor play kitchens are a perfect excuse to get the whole family together. Children love making mud pies and dirt smoothies, so this is great way to keep them busy! If you fancy yourself a bit handy, we've found a neat little DIY outdoor play kitchen on Pinterest. Backyard hacks: build a DIY waterslide If you've got the room, a backyard waterslide is a fantastic way to keep the kids busy. All you need is a hose, some cheap shampoo or detergent and a tarp. Lay the tarp on the ground, set up the hose so it's pointing toward it, and spray some of the detergent over it. The kids will be slipping and sliding for hours! You'll need to spray more detergent on the tarp occasionally, otherwise it won't be as slippery. Make a chalkboard wall One of the best ways to entertain kids in the backyard is with a chalkboard wall. They'll spend hours drawing to their heart's content! You can build your own DIY chalkboard or you can pick up a hanging chalkboard for a small price from most hardware stores. Check out our blog for more tips on how to love your life outdoors!