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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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DanielleOliver
by on Mar. 14, 2012 at 12:27 PM
My kids love playing outside.


MissErinB
by on Mar. 14, 2012 at 10:57 PM

My DS (7) likes to ride his bike and play with the neighborhood kids. My DD (19mo) likes to swing on the swingset and just run around the yard lol. Love watching them play :)

dixiegurl223626
by Gold Member on Mar. 14, 2012 at 11:03 PM

my son loves to play with the dog

dixiegurl223626
by Gold Member on Mar. 14, 2012 at 11:03 PM

or jump on the trampoline

ElsieHerrera
by on Mar. 14, 2012 at 11:05 PM
have fun


amyjane22
by Amy on Mar. 14, 2012 at 11:10 PM

We have a small swingset.  He also likes to ride his bike, play ball, and just run around with his toy guns acting like he's hunting bears/buffalos/whatever, lol.

proudmommy_1
by on Mar. 14, 2012 at 11:13 PM

My kids love to ride their bikes, play in the pool, and draw with chalk.

MissyB1011
by on Mar. 14, 2012 at 11:23 PM

DD loves her purple Barbie Jeep. DS loves his blue truck and blue coupe. They both love bubbles and sidewalk chalk. We are thinking about getting sand for the sandbox this year.

aj23
by Amanda on Mar. 14, 2012 at 11:31 PM

My son would live on the swing set if I would let him.

Luvmybooskies
by Tiff on Mar. 15, 2012 at 9:51 AM

I want to get my kids a sandbox, but they do have just as much fun digging in the dirt lol.

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