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Smarter Home: Tons of Outdoor Fun

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Nothing's better than Spring. And though we adults love Spring, I think kids might like it even more. How they tire themselves out after playing outside all day. Most of us wait till May or June to get our  outdoor gear, but it's better to get stuff now. Since it's still early in the season, you can get great bargains. And when that first warm, sunny days creep up, you'll be all set with a backyard full of fun gear.

If your play set has seen better days, it might be time to get a new one. Run down playsets aren't just an eye-sore, they can be dangerous for adventurous kids. One tip on buying a backyard play set: Think about the kids this year and next. Some playsets are really only aimed at really young kids, who can quickly outgrow them. If you're going to spend the money, and time installing them, make sure you take a look at all your options. There are so many to choose from, at all different prices, from the tree-house adventure play set, to the more advanced Play zone swing sets.

Anothe backyard must-have is a kid-sized picnic table. I have found that the ones with the umbrellas are very useful, especially if it will be in direct sunlight. Besides eating at the table, kids can do crafts, do puzzles, and play games at their very own table. (If it gets dirty, you can just hose it down. How's that for easy cleanup?!)

Other fun stuff includes one of my all-time favorite toys to play with, the sandbox. Kids also love trampolines, and the Having a Ball playland.   

What do your kids enjoy playing with outdoors?

by on Mar. 13, 2012 at 12:00 AM
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by on Mar. 13, 2012 at 1:57 PM

My dd plays at the other kids' homes because they have all this cool stuff...unfortunately we do not have the space for these types of things.  She does play with her scooter which we got this past Christmas from Kmart.

by on Mar. 13, 2012 at 2:03 PM

They love to swim, play basketball, go on walks, ride bikes and all kinds of cool stuff like that.

by on Mar. 13, 2012 at 2:15 PM
They love riding their bikes! They love the swing we have and just playing with outdoor toys like the different balls and jump ropes.
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by on Mar. 13, 2012 at 2:18 PM
my son loves digging
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by on Mar. 13, 2012 at 3:00 PM
Ds is only 3 months but he loves sunshine
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by on Mar. 13, 2012 at 3:38 PM

oh yes and in the mud, and dirt, and sand and pool

by on Mar. 13, 2012 at 5:51 PM
Chalk, bubbles, balls, kites, and jump ropes
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by on Mar. 13, 2012 at 8:10 PM
She had a red playschool car, and a sandbox and plenty of yard to play:)
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by on Mar. 13, 2012 at 8:41 PM

They have a swinset that my dad built and we have a trampoline. Would love to have a pool but our community has one that you can pay to go to.

by on Mar. 13, 2012 at 9:12 PM
We are lucky enough to live across the street from the park so that saves on having to buy a swing set. My kids also love to ride their bikes, lay on our hammock, color with chalk & play golf.
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