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Old 03-19-2010, 09:26 AM
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Question Outdoor Play Equipment

I need some advice on what to get for my little ones for outside. I have a sandbox, small slide, riding toys...and a huge park/playground right out my back gate, but that is too big for the 1-3 year olds. I don't have much room in my backyard, and was thinking of a little tikes type of structure. Does anyone have any advice on what you have used and is best and used most by this age group? I don't want to spend the money on something and and they don't even play on it! Thanks!
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Old 03-19-2010, 11:58 AM
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You are so lucky to have a park right out your back gate. I wish we had a park within walking distance!! Anyway, I have the Little Tikes Clubhouse Swingset. We got it several years ago and it still looks like new. I think it is perfect for 1-3 year olds. My 3-5 year olds have kind of outgrown it. They still play on it but it is kind of small for them. I plan on getting a new larger structure this summer. If you have enough room, I think is a good starter set for the young ones.
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Old 03-19-2010, 12:11 PM
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I have a climber (the 4 sided one) with a slide and a castle with a slide. A basketball hoop, teeter totter, small Little Tykes slide, and lots of balls. No more riding toys, tired of the fighting and they won't ride them in the grass, and crash into my stuff on the patio, so did the next best thing and got rid of them. Plenty for 4 or 5 preschoolers to play with.
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Old 03-19-2010, 03:16 PM
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That age group seems to be extremely fascinated with the little playhouse we have....they're in and out, open and close the door, etc.

The other thing they play with alot is the Little Tykes slide.

That is, unless there's a cardboard box to crawl in, or a rock to try to eat, or they haven't noticed the doghouse.

Kids would rather play in the doghouse lately than their playhouse.
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Old 03-19-2010, 09:25 PM
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Thanks for all the help! I'll probably check out Craigslist and see if there is anything like these on there, save me from spending so much money--these things are expensive!
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Thanks for all the help! I'll probably check out Craigslist and see if there is anything like these on there, save me from spending so much money--these things are expensive!
Craigslist ROCKS!
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I love Craigslist and use it for everything!! We've even bought and sold cars on CL.
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Old 03-20-2010, 07:25 AM
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Yes, Craigslist is my best friend. You can find anything on there. I'd be careful however when buying cars. Buy them locally if on Craigslist and ALWAYS ask to see the car in person first. My fiance works for the DA in our county and says that they just busted two seperate people for car sale fraud on craigslist. They would post cars (one would sell vintage cars, and the other really nice not too old cars) for really good prices but people that lived in the county or even state would contact them and as soon as they asked to see the cars they wouldn't respond back. Some people thought this was odd and shady and reported it so they had an undercover pose as as someone from out of state to do the trasaction and it was all a fake!! They were "selling" the car (had photos posted of the supposed car and everything) to multiple people but it was a phantom car. Didn't even exsist. Just be careful on craiglist is all I'm saying. Always ask to see a big ticket item and NEVER do a wire transaction. Meet with the person face to face. And always take someone with you ladies!! But that's another story he told me . Sorry to get WAY off topic lol.
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Old 03-20-2010, 09:39 AM
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I'm so excited! I've been looking for equipment too b/c my yard is tiny. I just found someone on Craigslist selling both of these new in the box and he sold the 2 to me for $250. Yippeee!! The kids have something to play on now!!

http://www.amazon.com/Step2-Naturall...9099563&sr=8-1

http://www.amazon.com/Step2-Naturall...9099563&sr=8-1
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We have a few Little Tykes type slides/swings for the kids for the back yard once the fence is up. Found them on Craigslist!!
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I discovered this site that sells daycare furniture also sells playground furniture as well. They have nice stuff but most of it is out of my price range. It's a good place to see what's available though and pick up some ideas on what might be good. I'll have to check out Craigslist too, I hadn't even thought of that.
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We have a few Little Tykes type slides/swings for the kids for the back yard once the fence is up. Found them on Craigslist!!
so your the one taking all the good CL deals! JK
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I haven't purchased any equipment just yet, but I have been looking at things that might be safe for the younger children. There is a company that seems to have some great stuff. The things that I have been looking closely at are their merry go rounds, the climber, and the riders that come in all different animal designs. The company is called AAA State of Play.
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Hi! I have little ones in my group too, and I have just gotten balls, etc. for them. I used to have outside equipment but they didn't play on it. But they will play for a long time with balls. You can buy them cheap too! I have like 8 different kinds and two great big ones. Even the older kids play with the balls more than anything else. Wal-mart has the big ones for $2.50 and the small ones for around $1.

Do my parents care? No! As long as they are having fun and are safe, it hasn't made a difference that I don't have big fancy equipment. Don't let people make you feel like you have to go big; kids prefer simple things that allow them to use their imagination!
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We have been looking for some smaller equipment for our little ones. We don't have a large yard to fit a full size playground. We have been looking at medium sized climbers, smaller playground slides, and teeter totters. There are several companies that sell smaller equipment at reasonable prices.
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Old 08-13-2010, 02:16 AM
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Thanks for all the help! I'll probably check out Craigslist and see if there is anything like these on there, save me from spending so much money--these things are expensive!
Wal-Mart has a lot of outdoor children's toys of clearance now at about half price. My sister had bought her 1 and 2 year old a few weeks ago a climber for $79 and now it's $49! I bought them the bubble push mower and that is about half price too. (2 year old LOVES it, but DON'T put the bubbles in it, it doesn't work very well, but he fights to push it and took it down the slide and in the sandbox and spilled most of the bubbles day one and got all messy on his birthday LOL)

I told her next year to host the children's birthdays two weeks later because everything is on clearance, but this year she specifically requested an outdoor item for her boys, so now her backyard is stocked and she didn't have to make room for other toys inside!
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Old 08-15-2010, 08:20 PM
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Default Natural Outdoor Classroom

You may consider looking into natureexplore.org it is sponsored by the arbor day foundation and focuses more on creating natural outdoor enviroments rather then the store bought plastic toys. There are numerous ideas on the web for natural playgrounds.
One not so natural idea is a dry erase board for outside. I bought a sheet of white board intended for showers and screwed it to my fence in a shaded area of the yard. Get some dry erase markers and the kids can express their creativity outside. It has provided tons of enjoyment and they have yet to grow bored of it.
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Old 09-12-2010, 04:19 AM
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Another idea....if you have a concrete pad or walk, sidewalk chalk will fascinate/occupy kids for hours and hours.

And when they run out of "canvas", a good blast with the garden hose, and they have a blank slate to do it all over again.
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Hello This is timeka I am trying to open up a day care in milwaukee i can't afford to put a fence in my back yard. any ideas. Also i have part conccreate and half grass for my back yard. any cheap inexpensive ideas to cover the cement with. Help Please. Is there any site that sell cheap tableas for kids also interconnected smoke alarms.
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