Classic toys to add to your outdoor living space

POSTED: 08:42 AM PDT Oct 30, 2012    UPDATED: 09:42 AM PST Nov 13, 2012 
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By Kevin Stevens, Networx

When I was a pre-teen I remember playing in a tire swing that hung from a large walnut tree in my grandfather's yard. We had just moved into our new ranch-style home and our sub-division was being developed in the old remains of a former gravel pit. Our yard was “treeless” and that created some challenges for my parents, who were raising 3 active boys. There were a few trees in the neighborhood but none of them were larger than about 6” in diameter.  The walnut tree's trunk at my grandfather’s was at least 2 feet in diameter and had wide-reaching limbs that were 8-10” in diameter.  Hanging at kid height was a classic old tire and we would spend hours and hours spinning and swinging in it. 

As a father now, my daughters have asked for a swing in our yard, but since nearly all the trees in our yard are flagpole-like Lodgepole pines, the architecture is just not there. Looking for alternatives to the tire swing has got me thinking about all the classic outdoor play equipment we could still install in our yards. Here's my list of classics. Do you remember any others?

Any one of these classics will have your youngsters enjoying the outdoors in a timeless manner (and you too if you're young at heart). Modern multi-function “play-sets” are the rage these days and many designs incorporate many of these individual classics…but that old walnut tree and the big tire will always hold a place in my heart.

Source: http://www.networx.com/article/landscaping-12-classic-outdoor-toys-for

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