How to Build an Inexpensive Outdoor Playspace

How to Build an Inexpensive Outdoor Playspace

Those are the knobby knees of my baby perched on a stump of wood.
Clearly, we are at a ritzy playground, right?

Well, if there were any doubt, check out this barrel tunnel.

How to Build an Inexpensive Outdoor Playspace

Fun times, right?
Seriously fun times thanks to Nana and Pop. 

How to Build an Inexpensive Outdoor Playspace

They were gracious enough to bring down a bunch of wood stumps, that giant barrel, a tire and a load of sand.  
Those simple (yet heavy!) ingredients make a delightful playground for the boys.

Did I mention the load of sand?

How to Build an Inexpensive Outdoor Playspace

(...the next words out of my mouth were "Get your mouth off of that nasty barrel!!!"...jsyk...)

How to Build an Inexpensive Outdoor Playspace

...and 2 points to whomever can guess what kind of ball this is...

How to Build an Inexpensive Outdoor Playspace

We have one giant old tree with twisted beautiful limbs 
(that unfortunately is covered in poison ivy, but that's a whole 'nother post for another day...) 
...limbs that are big and strong and long enough to hold a rope swing...

If you would like to see her in all her icy, winter glory, you can see her HERE!

...but if you just want to see what she will hold...read on!

How to Build an Inexpensive Outdoor Playspace

...and not only did Pop hang a rope swing, but he made another type of swing too...
3 points if you guess where this view is from...

How to Build an Inexpensive Outdoor Playspace

2 points if you can figure it out now...

How to Build an Inexpensive Outdoor Playspace

1 point for stating the obvious...

How to Build an Inexpensive Outdoor Playspace

Tire swings are the cheapest of the cheap, but oh so much fun...
(Mom has even gone for a few rides...but only when no one is watching :)

How to Build an Inexpensive Outdoor Playspace

By the way, if you guessed TETHERBALL, you are correct!
Now, how many points did you get altogether???
(Am I the only one who used to love adding up my points on Glamour and Seventeen quizes??)

How to Build an Inexpensive Outdoor Playspace
Goodbye little sandy feet.  I love you.



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Comments

Becky Jane said…
Your playground is a childs dream...I love the barrel idea! Going to add that one to my kids playground!
Your pictures are simply inspiring and your play outside day makes us want to take our shoes off and play in the grass. Thanks for the smile & happy seeing beautiful.
Ewa said…
OMG, that looks like lots of fun, I have to remember to do something like that when my little one is older, ( he's just over three weeks old :) )
What a fantastic playground! It's so funny to watch little ones in sand. They absolutely must put their faces in it. My husband is horrified of how messy Little Bit is after a romp in his sandbox but hey we live in the country so he is going to get dirty (and like it ;D).
What a great idea! I bet the boys had so much fun. Hope you are having a wonderful summer!
Anonymous said…
I love this post! =) Can you tell me what kind of barrel that is? I've been searching and searching online to find where I can buy such a thing for our backyard. Do you know where your parents got it? And how heavy is it to move? Thanks!!
Amy Renea said…
I have NO idea where they got it - I'm sorry! Craigslist is usually our go to for weird materials like that though...check the "materials" section.

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