A fire pit and circle (The actual fire pit is drying out in the garage at the moment.) Of course, this is a 'supervised' activity, but the kids love to jump from stump to stump.
And a tree swing. My car had a flat tire that needed to be replaced so when we bought a new pair of tires, rather than have the garage recycle them both, we kept the nicer one and Bass got some rope and hardware to hang it for the kids. (They also enjoy the neighbor's trampoline pictured there too.) :)
I've heard of parents using a small plastic storage tub with sand or rice to keep kids occupied which made me think of the underbed storage container I keep my out-of-season shoes in.
I figured that I could downsize my shoes a little bit and stick them in a box instead thus donating my bin to the cause of summer sanity.
I gave Bass the bin and some general ideas (along with hand gestures and technical terms like "about this high", "about so wide", and "just make something to fit the bin".)
This is why I don't often tease him about his wood pile because whenever I have an 'I-want-to-make-this-right-now' idea, he usually has something on hand to make it happen.
He did, without prompting, downsize it greatly before our move and has determined on his own to use as much as can from it whenever possible. (BTW---This totally reminds me of the 'Wood Pile' episode from the sitcom 'Til Death. We didn't watch the show too often but caught this one and laughed. A lot!)
Having another play option in the backyard that doesn't require them to be sitting in the sand --- Priceless.
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