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A simple invitation to build big and create with wood. Balance beams, boats - you name it. Great for heavy work and gross motor development, plus just plain old outdoor fun!

An Invitation to Build Big

Looks like someone else has also had the idea to create "Lincoln planks" for the kids to build with. A permanent installation like this could also work well in the right setting, doubling as outdoor seating as well as a balance course

Make pretend food for your kid's mud kitchen using stones- brilliant!

Mud Kitchen Food

What a great way to incorporate nature into your outdoor play and mud kitchen! Combine this post and the mud kitchen post and you are set!

The Best Backyard DIY Projects for Your Outdoor Play Space - Build outdoor toys, climbing structures, sand and water play, and more!

The Best Backyard DIY Projects for Your Outdoor Play Space

Some of these are pretty nifty. The Best Backyard DIY Projects for Your Outdoor Play Space - Build outdoor toys, climbing structures, sand and water play, and more!

Awesome Backyard Ideas for Kids - Swings, Hangouts and Pods! Use them as fun Summer Activities and Boredom Busters for Outdoor Play. See them all at whatmomslove.com

8 Outrageously Cool Swings & Hide-Outs That Will Keep Your Kids Outside. All. Summer. Long

Awesome Backyard Ideas for Kids - Swings, Hangouts and Pods! Use them as fun Summer Activities and Boredom Busters for Outdoor Play.

Leave plastic animals in a bin outside (near the garden, next to the sandbox, next to a patch of trees, etc) --

Leave plastic animals in a bin outside (near the garden, next to the sandbox, next to a patch of trees, etc) -- when children go outside to play, they them and let their imagination.forward to playing outside

25 Outdoor Play Areas For Kids Transforming Regular Backyards Into Playtime Paradises

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Chicken Tenders

7 Steps to Creating an Outdoor Play Space Kids Will Adore | Childhood101

7 Steps to Creating an Outdoor Play Space Kids Will Adore

This "v" trellis would be great for cucumbers-squash-green beans.Outdoor Play Spaces - secret spaces--- take the swings down and put lattice up on both sides of the swingset. The side of the A frame could be the entrance.

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