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Calling all creative clever moms for ideas for outdoor play stuff, with limited space

i have no tree for a swing
a swingset would take up whole yard
may need to ditch that idea of swing

sandbox- clever ideas
playhouse - idea to make or build
water table - easy make out of something that i am not thinking of
other things?

little budget, but i am crafty and people around here throw good stuff out on the curb, what should i keep my eyes open for that i can reuse in different way to make into child outdoor play equipment

daughter will be four this Summer

have step two climbing cube with slide, she will still play on, just getting old enough for more of a large motor challenge
also have a cloth tunnel things that does come out and go back in after play


Asked by fiatpax at 9:36 AM on Mar. 27, 2011 in Just for Fun

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  •  You could build a sandbox out of scrap lumber.  I hope this is helpful.  Otherwise, I apologize.  I'm not the most clever when it comes to outdoor stuff.   hugs


    Answer by Aubreigh294 at 10:07 AM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • what about an old tent , my son love to "pop" up and old tent in the yard and "play" camping.......slip and slides are get for summer water fun (and cheap).......a water table could be made out of an old plastic tub? if your handy what about making her a stand alone swing on an A frame? most hardware store will cut the wood for you ......

    Answer by cara124 at 9:42 AM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • How about getting an easel for painting? Doing some form of sculpting?

    Answer by gemgem at 9:37 AM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • she does like to paint, do have recipe for outdoor sidewalk/road paint

    sculpting? we do playdough, are you saying something more for outside and make then let dry? or a garden sculpture??

    Comment by fiatpax (original poster) at 9:39 AM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • You can get kits at hobby shops to make pots and things like that. It isnt that hard really. You can do paper sculpting (like making a pinata) with household things. You can also get clay and make things outside my dd loves doing it. We also make birdhouses, and other things like that. At walmart if you go down the craft dept for kids they have little kits you can buy for no more then $10. It can help give you an idea, and then you can buy the stuff yourself once you see what all is in the kit.

    Answer by gemgem at 9:42 AM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • Kids love a tent or canopy that has sides to it of some sort. They can go in andout and have it be there special playspcae. you can do it with sheets or blankets. Or you could buy some colorful waterproof fabric at a big fabric store.  There are many links if you Google it and it does not have to be super fancy.  It can even just be fabric draped over a table so they can go underneath.  One idea..........


    Answer by elizabr at 9:43 AM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • You could glue a paper towel holder to a heavy piece of cardboard and through diving rings or something else clever around it. You could use empty soda bottles of any size, put a little water or sand in them and play bowling. You could use trash bags or a dollar store table cloth and make a slip and slide. For a sand box you could use one of those cheap plastic pools,, get one for sand and one for water play. you could use bowls from the house or dollar store, put three in a row and have a ping pong ball toss, make little stations of games and play each one. water guns are always fun. Good luck, Seems like the simplest things can be fun for kids.

    Answer by JenzAmomOf2 at 9:45 AM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • We live in town homes and we have limited space as well. I let them blow bubbles and I take them to the nearest park.

    Answer by asap1908 at 9:52 AM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • those 'turtle sandboxes" are great AND have seen on the curb

    * they do not fit into a regular size car*
    believe me-i have tried-lol

    anythinglike this that i can move in a car?
    do they make little pools that 'fold/rool' up (not inflatable-they will pop to easily)

    Comment by fiatpax (original poster) at 9:54 AM on Mar. 27, 2011

  • we do bubbles and park, and paint and big wheel, and sidewalk chaulk

    i am thinking more large motor and backyard
    very lucky to have kids in neighborhood, would like to have semi permanant large motor play equipment for her

    Comment by fiatpax (original poster) at 9:56 AM on Mar. 27, 2011

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