Here are some photos of our play space outside.
This year we got a sandbox and my daughters love it. They spend a lot of time playing in it every day. We don't bother wearing shoes and they especially love adding water to the sand. The cover is a wooden lattice piece from the local hardware store, cut to size.
My daughters enjoy using rocks, shovels, sticks, buckets, small tins and rakes when they play in it. (Any other ideas for sand play?) I need to get some trucks and am looking to make some stick people to use in the sandbox as well.
The stumps are often used for tables, seats, or walking on top of. They also love stepping stones for jumping and balancing.
We had so many stumps that I dug and laid some half buried in the earth for walking on.
Here is a little secret spot further away from the sandbox and other play areas. It is often used as a "house" or "campsite."
A pile of rocks serves as a campfire.
Another stump is used as a spot to sit or table.
This giant galvanized tub (found at Home Depot) is what we use for water play. I keep it at a good distance from the sandbox to encourage lots of movement and exercise when they add water to the sandbox.
We have a swing that is used often. My daughters just love swinging and I appreciate and value swings for their developmental and physical benefits (see an earlier post here for more info on rocking and swinging).
Another fun play area is the meadow behind our house. In the summer we cut a horseshoe shaped path for running and walking through.
My daughters have been enjoying these plastic gutters for sandbox and water play. When put together they make a fun water-way.
Great for making "rivers and lakes"
Fun for experimenting with floating or moving objects.