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Rocking the great outdoors

June 8, 2013

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Recently I was lamenting our lack of outdoor toys for J. We have a small sandbox and a tee-ball set and a pretend lawnmower and some soccer balls — but that’s about it. I was started searching through Amazon for ideas. Maybe a water table? A little outside playhouse?

The next day, J spent nearly an hour playing with this pile of rocks he found in the backyard. He made a “castle” with them and put little rocks inside the big rocks. I realized that kids will make toys out of nearly anything, and $50 or $100 on some elaborate plastic thing probably isn’t necessary. At least until he gets tired of these rocks.

Here are some great, inexpensive ideas for kids’ outdoor activities:

Hold an outdoor toy car wash

Make some exploding sidewalk paint

Try endless activities with sidewalk chalk

Paint with water balloons

Learn ABCs with rocks

Get outside even on rainy days

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