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Old 02-09-2012, 10:47 AM   #1
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Outdoor toys?

What are some of your favorite outdoor toys for summer?

Our landlord won't let us have any type of swing set or climbing toys unless we're willing to drag it into the cellar every time we're done using it. UGH. Apparently it's too much of a liability if neighbor kids come over, play on it and get hurt?

So- we're looking for some other fun toys. We were gone all of the last twos summers, so we don't have anything! Kiddos will be 5, 3, 2 (in August), and infant twins.

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Old 02-09-2012, 10:50 AM   #2
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Bunch of balls. A kiddie pool filled with things (shaving cream fun).

Small slide. The plastic first step kind.

And yes a swing set is a liability especially since the landlord is paying for it and not there to supervise it.

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Old 02-09-2012, 12:23 PM   #3
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Re: Outdoor toys?

Could you have some kind of sandbox? You can get little plastic ones with covers so no building and no cat poop. My guys love to dig. We have Green Toys pail sets and they are really rugged. Also agree with the kiddie pool and maybe a sprinkler too. And a wagon. My guys drag each other all over the place in our wagon.
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Push toys, small wagons, buckets, kiddie pool.... I have a bug fanatic so I always have bug boxes on hand for frogs and grasshoppers. I buy mine at the Dollar Tree. We color with sidewalk chalk and blow lots of bubbles. You can have a fingerpaint day with posterboards then clean off in the kiddie pool. One day I poured Dawn dish soap in our kiddie pool and filled it up with water and wow, was it bubble fun!! I got rid of our sandbox bc we ended up with a flea problem and the kids were covered with bites!! I also hated the sandy mess. I second the small plastic slide and some of them fold up. I out it in the kiddie pool so they can slide into the water. We do slip and slides too but s neighbor complained we were waisting water!!! Big balls to kick and throw if you have a fence, are great.
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Re: Outdoor toys?

No slides- we can't keep any sort of climbing toy outside, and I'm not willing to drag it down into the cellar every time we're done with it.

I'll have to ask abotu a sandbox. The kids would have a blast!

We do have 2 kiddie pools from the few weekends we were home last year. Who doesn't like to play in water?!
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No slides- we can't keep any sort of climbing toy outside, and I'm not willing to drag it down into the cellar every time we're done with it.

I'll have to ask abotu a sandbox. The kids would have a blast!

We do have 2 kiddie pools from the few weekends we were home last year. Who doesn't like to play in water?!
The slide I was thinking about is tiny enough that your oldest can help you put it away.

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Here's a pic of ours. When ds was three he helped carry it in and out of the garage. Now we just leave it out.

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Re: Outdoor toys?

We have that exact slide - I'd actually like to get rid of it as my 4 y/o 45" tall DD is way too big for it now - too bad you don't live closer

Anyway, we do have a swingset, but DD spends the most time on riding toys - not too much time on the swingset. She loves her bike (still with training wheels), she used to like the tricycle but that's outgrown now, and she loves her scooter. Just a cheap bouncy ball to play catch with and kick around is good for hours of entertainment, too.

For swings and slides - do you have a park nearby?
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Re: Outdoor toys?

2 Summers ago we just got a big rubbermaid container and filled it with playground sand. We throw sand toys, spoons and cups in there and they can got to it. When they're done we just put the lid on and put it back in the garage. We also have a play kitchen/grill thing that they love and a small pool. It's really only big enough to stomp around in and fill things up with water but they think it's worth it.
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If you have a deck/patio I'd get a sandbox or sand/water table to set out there.

Other favorites are balls of all sizes, ride on toys, trucks (dump trucks esp), bubbles, chaulk, a hula hoop - used to toss balls into, to jump into, to roll around, rarely used as an actual hula hoop.
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