T Rex Family

T Rex Family

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Outdoor Toy Shopping...

We've been wanting to get some outdoor toys for T Rex but are on a rather tight budget with me starting school next month. Therefore, rather than heading to the store to buy something new we've been checking garage sales and craigslist.com for the past several weeks.

This weekend we found the jungle gym of the genre we've been looking for. We have limited back yard space and a small child, thus we were very specific about what we needed and wanted. As luck would have it, the playset was located only 5 minutes from our house - very unusual since we live on the outskirts of town. All the more reason I think it was meant for us!

Our friends were kind enough to loan us their truck to haul the set as well as provided a place for T Rex to hang out while we ran our errand.
The set was in excellent condition and was exactly what we were hoping for. We paid the sweet family their asking price - an amazing deal - and we came home to set the gym up.

All ready for a T Rex to play

In fact, the friends who loaned us the truck and watched T Rex posted a photo of the boys playing while we were gone. You should check out their blog: Cooper au fil du temps. We might have the jungle gym but they have the pool and the sandbox!

T Rex had a wonderful time playing on his new set. However, it was really warm this weekend and I wanted to do something that would provide cooling relief after climbing on the slides. The first thing we did was hose the set down so the parts would not burn our little guy. Then we discovered he loved sliding down with the water running on the slides. Thus, I think it will be a regular thing for him to be out in his swimming attire while he plays on his jungle gym in hot weather.

T Rex Dad also slipped on some swimming trunks and participated in the fun!

Lastly, taking the advise of my friend Caitlin (click here if you want to read her posting that gave me the inspiration), I made a "water table" for T Rex out of a sweater box. You know those plastic ones that are meant to fit under the bed? This particular one has wheels - high tech! I filled it with water, T Rex's bath toys, and he spent hours - yes, hours, playing with it. I estimate this container costs around $8 - significant cost differce from the $75 kids water table I saw on Amazon.com! (Time playing allowing Mom to work in the garden - priceless!) He did get quite wet but that was the intended point - to cool off.

There you have it - outdoor toys on a budget. Alas, the bike trailer I was saving for is going to have to be put on hold another year but I think we'll be staying home more with the play gym in the back yard anyway.

Wishing you all warm fun days of your own!

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septembermom said...

Those outdoor toys are going to provide hours and hours of fun for T-Rex!! He'll probably want to do that slide over and over again with tons of giggles. Love the water table idea. I do it in a smaller bucket, but I think I'll go for the bigger container this year. My daughter stays very busy with her water game while her brothers run around with water guns. Fun summer days ahead:)

Nina said...

That is a nice play set. We have a swing set in our yard we bough Luke long ago but it is getting worn from the seasons and it is a bit big for Thomas to play on.

I must say, the water table idea is a good one. I keep trying to get gardening done and can't but that might just do the trick to keep Thomas in one place.

I forgot all about getting you that bike trailer info. I also got my beautiful bags. I need to take a picture and post about it. Watch for it soon...

Kim said...

What an awesome find!! We are on the same path as you - finding outdoor fun on a budget. I never thought of the sweater box idea and I'm not telling my husband either because after having looked on our community website for the past several weeks for a sand and water table, I finally talked him into agreeing to buy a new one. It was $50 at Costco and we played all day yesterday and today. I had to change him at least three times each day - he was soaking wet within minutes and it wasn't all that warm here. But it's alot of fun and keeps him focused.

Caitlin said...

What a fun weekend! Can't wait to come over to play!