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when will DS (11 months) enjoy playing in a sandbox? we need some outside/backyard play ideas. we do not have a tree on our property that would be suitable for a swing. so any ideas of backyard equipment that my just took his first steps (sorry, had to get that mamma brag in there <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/love.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="love"> ) guy wouild enjoy this summer?
 

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i just typed a similar thread simutaneously entitled "ride on toy...." so if you want to check that periodically to see if anyone writes...<br><br>
But to respond to your sandbox question, our friends have a little sandbox and he had fun with it. didn't eat the sand, i was pleased, but he liked to feel it and squish his toes. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1">
 

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a water table or just a cheap wading pool is very entertaining - especially in conjunction with the sand box.
 

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We got a couple big playsets for our dd last summer (when she was 10-11 months old) and put them on a bed of pea gravel. I joked sometimes that we should have just gotten the pea gravel because she played with it more! LOL She did try very occassionally to put it in her mouth, but we'd always tell her no.<br><br>
She also LOVES her ride-on toy.<br><br>
Water tables are great, like someone else mentioned. And she enjoyed chalk last summer, too. Not as much as she does now, but she did enjoy it. And tried to eat it occassionally!<br><br>
Balls and bubbles are fun, too. We just got our dd a bubble maker for Easter, I wasn't confident that it would work, but it works wonderfully! So, I don't have to blow bubbles the whole time! There are lots of different kinds available at Target (and I'm sure elsewhere).
 

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Personally, at 11 months I would stick with a water table or other water related activities, but htat is just me. I am going ot get a sand box for my son's 2 year birthday... he just wasn't really 100% ready before now because he was still putting sand in his mouth. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/img/vbsmilies/smilies/dizzy.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Dizzy">: I don't know if others will agree with me on that or not.<br><br>
We did lots of sprinkler fun and pool fun when my son was your child's age, and that seemed to be enough.
 

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We got ours towards the end of last summer, when DD was 2. She didn't really play with it much. She would quite happily watch DH or I but was very reluctant to get sand on her hands.<br><br>
This summer I'm sure it's going to be a hit, shes in it every day.<br><br>
Last year water was THE thing, we had an underbed plastic box outside with a few bottles, cups and things. I only put and inch or so of water in it so I didn't feel bad about emptying it each time we came indoors. She spent a lot of time with a paintbrush "painting" our patio.<br><br>
We also have a little ride on car and lots of balls and a pop up tunnel which she enjoyed. Don't forget about taking out a rung and any toys from indoors. I found they suddenly became much more interesing outside.
 
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