What are your staple outdoor things?
The kids are going to be staying with my mother in law for much of the summer, and a lot of time will be spent outside.
I'm not opposed to plastic outdoor toys
Right now in MILs backyard, they have a little tikes slide, cozy coupe car, picnic table, and plastic kitchen that I picked up from the thrift store for $3 . They have a wading pool too.
I'm wanting to get a rubbermaid container and just fill it up with stuff for them to use outside.. stainless steel bowls and cups (and utensils I guess) for their kitchen and cooking mud pies... sidewalk chalk and paint brushes (they do watercolor chalk painting in puddles, super fun), some child-sized garden tools, watering can... I'd like to get a small wheelbarrow for them also, but the in laws aren't that responsible with putting things away and it would get rusty in no time. If I can find a plastic one that would be perfect.
Anyways, maybe some seashells or pretty rocks? You can often find broken pieces of granite or marble in alleys, so maybe something like that too. I know "found" things are best, but it's kind of limited in their backyard. My DD loves to build fairy houses with grass and sticks, but often complains about not finding enough rocks, so I guess I'd like to supplement that
What's in your outdoor toy collection?