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  • Outdoor Play Area

    I'm trying to come up with a new outdoor play area. I have a playset, but would like to put out some other fun things. What are your outdoor play areas like?

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    My playground looks like Step Two and Little Tikes blew up and scattered debris everywhere.

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    • TwinMama
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      😆😆😆😆😆 That's awesome!!

    • Snowmom
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      Saaaame.
      I used to have a large wood Rainbow set awhile back. Glad we got rid of it because of the injuries. But the amount of plastic toys now in the backyard is an eyesore.

    • Gemma
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      @CH, I love how you express yourself

  • #3
    I have three sizes of playground structures, climbing dome, teeter totter, large construction area with pea gravel and trucks, etc, mud kitchen, sand and water tables, bubble station, and the toys.

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    • Alwaysgreener
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      We had pea stone outside when my autistic niece was little. She would take hands full of it and put it in her mouth then suck on it. She had a thing with rocks in general, she would put bigger ones in her mouth.

    • Cat Herder
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      AG, I did that often as a kid and it turned out I was anemic. Bone marrow (bit into chicken legs), dark dirt and rocks, it was like I had to have them. Now I chew ice when no one is watching, they say it is related. lol!

    • Alwaysgreener
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      My foster boy have a thing for butter and salt. We were in bed bath and beyond in the kitchen area looking at pepper grinders. I look over and he is shaking salt into his hand and licking his hand. He always wanted butter on his plate with nothing else. I never found out why he craved butter or salt.

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    I love the Step Two Naturally Playful collection but I do have to say I have been disappointed in my newer items. The pieces from my earlier collections are so much more sturdy and are still holding up better than the pieces I have collected in the last five years. The first pieces I bought when my now adult kids were toddlers still look brand new, 20 years. The new stuff is dry rotting already and was wobbly on assembly. Now, I could have accidently bought counterfeit products since my last ones were from amazon & target when all the previous stuff was from Step Two "Daycare Solutions" that I can't find anymore. I think they went out business? Step Two may also be using a different manufacturer? I really miss quality in production. That said, they are much cheaper now they when I bought them back in 1994. That seems odd.

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    • #5
      Originally posted by Cat Herder View Post
      I love the Step Two Naturally Playful collection but I do have to say I have been disappointed in my newer items. The pieces from my earlier collections are so much more sturdy and are still holding up better than the pieces I have collected in the last five years. The first pieces I bought when my now adult kids were toddlers still look brand new, 20 years. The new stuff is dry rotting already and was wobbly on assembly. Now, I could have accidently bought counterfeit products since my last ones were from amazon & target when all the previous stuff was from Step Two "Daycare Solutions" that I can't find anymore. I think they went out business? Step Two may also be using a different manufacturer? I really miss quality in production. That said, they are much cheaper now they when I bought them back in 1994. That seems odd.
      This is good to know!!! Maybe I'll try Step Two. I want a big play house but one that will withstand weather and fading.

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      • Alwaysgreener
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        Wayfair and Zulily carry Step 2 stuff and it goes on sale there. Both places ship directly from step 2 and Wayfair has free shipping.

        But check out simplay3 website, same quality but American made and owned plus they give a provider discount.

    • #6
      Originally posted by TwinMama View Post

      This is good to know!!! Maybe I'll try Step Two. I want a big play house but one that will withstand weather and fading.
      Speaking of fading.. we turned my son's Little Tikes car bed into a car for the playground (added sits and steering wheel), it's been in the sun for several years but it has not faded one bit, and then I have a Little Tikes playhouse, made for outdoor, that started fading the next year we bought it and it has never stopped. So my question is...why don't they build outdoor structures out of the non fading plastic they use for indoor things?

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      • #7
        They do make spray paint for plastics, they revive yard sale finds like a dream.

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        • Gemma
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          I spray-painted my pots one year, and they looked amazing, but the following year they were all pealing. I figured ok, back to your original color, but scraping off the remaining paint wasn't easy, so I left them to peal off on their own and they still at it....I wouldn't want that in my playground
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