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How can I get my dd more interested in being outside?

My dd is 3 years old and she doesn't like the outdoors. Well I should say she doesn't love our backyard. We have a playhouse for her but she prefers to be at the beach or a field. I guess Im just wondering how i can make our backyard more enticing for her.

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Asked by motheroprincess at 8:51 PM on Jul. 7, 2011 in Preschoolers (3-4)

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  • Get her a puppy. Puppies have a way of making the backyard more fun. JK. Maybe let her plant some flowers and tend to them.

    Answer by Razzle_Dazzle1 at 8:54 PM on Jul. 7, 2011

  • Could you set up the sprinkler for her to play in?

    Answer by tspillane at 8:55 PM on Jul. 7, 2011

  • Sandbox.
    Encourage her to bring her inside toys out.
    Put up a rope swing.
    Be out there yourself...

    Answer by doulala at 8:58 PM on Jul. 7, 2011

  • Small wading pool in the backyard, pointing out birds and animals outdoors, a swing set or slide

    Answer by CoffeeWriter at 8:58 PM on Jul. 7, 2011

  • Maybe let her pick a new outside toy for her and encourage her to bring her toys outside. Check out your local thrift stores/craigslist for a small table that you could let her do her projects on that are normally too messy to do inside like painting and playdoh.

    Answer by amandajoy21 at 9:17 PM on Jul. 7, 2011

  • these are great ideas everyone! thank you! we have two dogs but when i let her play with them outside she scares them more than anything lol. the little table is a wonderful idea! we just have a large dinner table outside but she doesnt quite reach the table from a chair. a small table would be cool. i think there are too many stray cats around for me to have a sandbox. i like the toys idea too.

    Comment by motheroprincess (original poster) at 9:30 PM on Jul. 7, 2011

  • We loved our little "Turtle Pool" that had a lid-- can also be a sandbox.
    There are nice, fancier versions, too.
    The dogs don't have to be out when she is, maybe~~

    Also, you can go for more walks around the neighborhood,
    to the fields or beach more frequently, too.

    Answer by doulala at 2:04 AM on Jul. 8, 2011

  • Turtle Sandbox


    Answer by doulala at 2:06 AM on Jul. 8, 2011

  • Do you go outside too? Maybe go outside with her. Perhaps she enjoys the beach or the playfield more is because you're there.

    Answer by Imogine at 2:07 AM on Jul. 8, 2011

  • Get one of those plastic sandboxes with a lid that way you can cover it when not in use. Although we had both cats and a sandbox growing up and it didn't hurt us any. Also let her bring some of her toys out and go out and play with her for a bit if you have time.

    Answer by countrygirl06 at 2:13 AM on Jul. 8, 2011

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