Several years back, when there was no possible way we could afford it, I started thinking I wanted one of those huge backyard play forts. Thank goodness the cost was WAY out of our reach, because it gave me the challenge to create a play space for my Jr.s that would not break the bank. It also gave me time to come to my senses and realize that I really didn't want one of those in my backyard. It's just not my personality to have something that "put together" in my back yard.
Instead, I like to take a pile of used tires...
and turn them into something new!
This was one of the simplest things that I have added to our play space! We literally took the tires and buried them half way into the ground. We took all the dirt from the holes that we dug and backfilled them as tightly as we could. My son came up with the idea of the shape; which leads straight into the sandbox. It didn't take Little Lulu long to figure out why.
Did I mention this project was free?
I love projects like this; and not just because they are budget friendly.
Play things like this encourage imagination. There is not one thing that Jr.s are "supposed" to do with these tires. It is completely up the their imagination how they will play. Lulu is already asking for some wood, because she wants to make a bridge for the tires. That, right there, is the essence of why I do things a little differently ~ because it all builds on itself.
If your budget is tight this season, can I encourage you to get creative? If your budget isn't so tight, can I encourage you to get creative? Think outside the box this year and see what happens.
I would love to hear about the ideas you use in your yard!
I'll be sharing pictures on Facebook this week of simple play spaces we have created over the years. I hope to see you there,