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Gifts for Children's Outdoor Play Spaces

Like Playhouses, Jungle Gyms, Playsets, Outdoor Play Equipment & More Stuff

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It's simple and a given: kids love to play outdoors, and kids love to play on stuff outdoors. They delight in playhouses and outdoor play equipment that are tailored for their smaller sizes, and love having a space outdoors they can claim as their own. As with any gift, you can go simple or elaborate: most children are appreciative and thrilled to have something that kicks off their imaginations or sets them free to exercise in their own environment. A bonus for parents: you can make sure they're having fun and staying safe at home, under your watchful eye.

Children's Playhouses: Plans and Ideas by Tina Skinner

Playhouse Book photo by Tina Skinner
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You and the child in your life will have a fun time bonding over this collection of hundreds of colorful and imaginative playhouses, from detailed Victorians to more modern mini-mansions, built in a child's scale. Many of the top playhouse manufacturers are profiled, and readers will get a chance to look inside and outside many of the featured playhouses. Some of the images show houses with a mix of recycled objects, while others are careful studies in scale and architectural design and detail. If you're toying with the idea of embarking on a DIY playhouse project, Skinner provides plans and blueprints for half a dozen playhouses. A resource guide will help you locate plans and kits featured in the book.
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Melissa and Doug Lemonade Stand / Grocery Store

Melissa and Doug Lemonade Stand and Grocery Stand
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Some of us have treasured memories of getting together with neighborhood friends and devising enterprising ways of making money, llike selling lemonade (often to each other). Melissa and Doug makes updated versions of classic children's toys, created with durable materials like wood and sturdy plastic. This wooden play center features removable plastic bins for pretend shopping, a removable chalkboard price signs, a spacious countertop and reversible fabric awning: on side says "Lemonade" and the other says "Grocery Store." So it can be a Grocery Store or a Lemonade Stand Groceries are sold Seperately Dimensions: 29.5 inches x 19.5 inches x 19.5 inches Ages 3 and up
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Nostalgia Electrics Old Fashioned Lemonade Stand and Kit

Nostalgia Electrics Lemonade Stand Lemonade Maker
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An adult will need to be around and lend a guiding hand as children mix citrusy concoctions in Nostalgia Electrics' Old Fashioned Lemonade Stand and Kit. Can be used with the Melissa and Doug Lemonade Stand or separately. The Nostalgia Electrics Lemonade Juice Stand mixes ice and other ingredients with lemons, limes and other citrus fruits. Easy dispensing spout on/off switch activates the juicer and stirring. The kit, sold separately, comes with a gingham tablecloth, large spoon, 24 disposable cups, and a sign panel with erasable marker.

Kids will have so much fun they'll forget that lemonade is actually made from something healthy: fruit!

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Oval Ice Rink

ice rink for backyard
Photo by Lisa Hallett Taylor
This winter, your backyard, front yard or other outdoor space will be the coolest place in the neighborhood. Get out your blades of glory! This "beginners" ice rink will become a prime spot for your family to hone its skating skills and practice hockey. Assembly is pretty straightforward: you just inflate the rink with an air pump, fill it with water, and let it freeze.
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