Summer memories can be created close to home. Small items and toys are all you need to create an epic summer in your backyard!
Our son and his family will be visiting in August…and I can hardly wait! It will be the first time that our three grandchildren will see our new house, and I want them to feel so welcome, and wanted. Part of my plan is to have simple but fun backyard toys ready and waiting. We have a tiny backyard, but I know I can make it a place for them to enjoy. Read on for my tips for successful backyard fun…and make sure to scroll to the end for a 2023 update.
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Choose easy-to-store items.
With the exception of the bubble water table, which I couldn’t resist, all the toys I keep on hand for our grandkids are easily stored in plastic bins. Before I buy any toy item, the first thing I ask myself is “where am I going to store it?” My best storage tip is to choose stackable plastic bins with sturdy lids in a size that fits your storage space. As the kids outgrow what we have, I will donate and replace. To keep things under control, and not run out of room, my goal is to get rid of something every time I add something new. Exceptions being games, crayons/markers, etc. Time will tell how successful I will be!
Be prepared with storage bins or baskets.
Don’t wait to get the plastic bins or baskets. Make sure to have them all set to go when the grandkids arrive. At the end of the day, the bins make it so easy to clean up. It’s much easier to pick up toys and keep them organized when the storage is handy and easy.
Have the toys easily accessible.
Make sure all the toys are accessible to the children. If you have a patio or deck, stack a few toy-filled bins against the house. They will be somewhat protected from the elements, and the kids will be able to help themselves when playtime rolls around.
A Water Toy Is A Must
My big purchase this year is the Little Tikes water table that makes bubbles…and seriously, it is so cute! I’m going to be honest and say that this is NOT something I would have bought as a mom. It will take a bit of supervision and preparation, but as a grandma, I’m happy to take the time. And hopefully, the kids will think I’m fun, and it will all be a great success. Fingers crossed!
Two things you might be wondering. First, I put this together all by myself. The directions were excellent, and it took about a half hour. You need batteries, so be prepared. Second, I already have a spot reserved in our basement storage room where I can store the bubble table!
As you can see in the image below, the water table was a big hit with my grandchildren! When they visited last summer, we spent lots of time in the backyard. Even though it’s a small space, there was plenty of room for them to have fun.