Upcycled Playground

My daughter is a rambunctious five year old, constantly running and needing a place to blow off steam, so recentlyive been researching ideas for an affordable outdoor playground. I’m sure that you can do a lot and I have seen a ton of ideas but I’ve been the most inspired by tires. Yep, old used tires making an entire playground to delight your child with hardly a dent to your wallet. So I went online to see what I could find on an upcycled playground made with tires, here are some of the awesome things I came across…

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These are just a few ides for playground equipment, but ideas are endless. Its really amazing what you can do with just a little bit of time and paint. I’m excited to do this for my daughter, I know by next summer its gong to be so hard to get her off of her new playground and inside the house!
Here are a couple more ideas that I loved when I was looking, I hope you find them inspiring as well and put this amazing way to recycle into practice in some way!

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Top 10 Board Games

When its raining outside what else is there to do but grab an old game of the shelf and gather round the table? Hours of enjoyment are still had to this day playing board games. Here are the Top 10 Board Games according a twitter survey.

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Hard, strategic, and fun to play, risk always makes the list.

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Mancala- A great 2 player game that requires little strategy for a big payoff.

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Obviously the Logo Game is a fun one, its nostalgic as well!

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Another 2 player game, connect four is also a classic and keeps children coming back for more.

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Very addictive, very fun Blokus is a game I would recommend for teens and young adults.

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Aggravation another classic game that continues to be aggravating and loved dearly.

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Trivial Pursuit endless questions of knowledge, can you answer correctly?

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Who doesn’t enjoy spending hours, sometimes days playing a round of Monopoly?

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Scrabble- An amazing games for people who love showing off their vocab skills!

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Yahtzee is just the best game, you can have quite a few players, as well as being a blast to play in variations to the original game. It is an easy choice for #1 and deserves this spot!

Winter Wonder

What can you make with a ton of snow on the ground? Turns out the possibilities are pretty endless. You will need some imagination, time, and probably a friend or two, but here are some amazing things to make with snow. Please try to make the most of the cold weather, as difficult as it can be, and feel free to share the photos you take of any snow creations, most importantly have fun and stay warm!

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I mean come on how cool is an entire castle made of snow? People of every age can play the snow day away!

Adding some color

Sometimes going out into our yard can be stressful instead of relaxing; we see broken things that need to be fixed or yard work that needs done and we get discouraged. Adding color to your outside world is not only a motivator for you to get outside, it also creates a sense of peace and well being, as well as making your yard personal and fun. So here are some cute ideas you can run with to brighten up your yard or garden space and live in color!

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This keeps with the theme of upcycling  things and making them uniquely you. Expressing yourself not only breeds happiness but also breeds opportunity. You never know when one of your creations might inspire greatness!

Upcycle Everything!

Recycling isn’t a new concept and neither is making what you have that old new again. People have just gotten a lot more creative with it. It saves money, and adds a certain coziness when you create something yourself. So I searched the net for some amazing upcycle ideas and here is what I came up with, I highly encourage this “new” hobby so be creative and make some thing great!

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Silly Songs

Five year olds are notorious for making you laugh at the drop of a hat, they come up with some hilarious impressions, expressions, and comments. As a parents its sometimes the only comic relief you get in a stressful day, so take the time to be silly with your kids, make up a silly song on your way to whatever you’re doing,  it just makes the car ride fun and often gets kids imagining on their own. Help your children be more creative, make a memory, and let your kids see the silly side of you.If you can’t think of something on the spot ask your kid what their favorite thing about driving is and go from there, it just feels good when you’re laughing with them.

Laugh a little

Comedians do amazing work for work for people’s hearts, they help to heal them with laughter. So I wanted to compile a list of comedians that make me fall off of my chair, every time. Now I know Robin Williams is obviously number one….but its too soon people. So here is a list of comedians that WILL make you laugh your ass off.

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Anjelah Johnson, the best I have seen of her is “that’s how we do it” and it is very much worth watching, she is adorable and hilarious. Love!

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Katt Williams, who has just made comedy better by leaps and bounds, not for children, but so funny for adults!

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Bo Burnham, he is a little blasphemous, but a lot hilarious. You will laugh until you cry.

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Doug Benson, Stoner comedy at its finest I assure you.

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Tina Fey- So friggin’ funny it hurts.

There are so many more, Christopher Titus, Jim Gaffigan, and all the late greats that are missed sorely. Please listen to these amazing comedians and laugh out loud!