Backyard Toys and Gear: How Much is Too Much?

Backyard Toys and Gear: How Much is Too Much?

Julia Cho
Jun 9, 2010

Living in an apartment with only a balcony for outdoor space, we haven't delved into the outdoor kids market that much yet. But after visiting a couple of friends with yards in the past week, we realized: wow, this stuff can really add up fast.

You start out with a water table, and then of course, you might as well get a sand table or sand box. A few ride on toys (some for friends) seem like a good idea. Throw in a lawn mower, some bubble blowing machines, mini picnic bench and table, and suddenly your once serene backyard looks a bit...busy!

Of course, these toys are loads of fun and our daughter had a blast at both homes we visited, but it got us thinking: where do you draw the line, especially with the toys that will not last more than a few years.

Our thought: borrowing or handing down these toys is the way to go. Or- if you can't borrow or DIY, shop thrift stores, garage sales, or Craigs List for most of these items.

Any other strategies for limiting outdoor toys?

(Image via Organizing Your Way by Asturnut)

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