Loose Parts for the Backyard

Tree Parts

  • Stumps
  • Slices
  • Logs
  • Poles
  • Rough-cut boards
  • Smaller sticks
  • Leaves
  • Mulch

Rocks, Sand, Dirt

  • River stones (fairly smooth “pebbles” about four to six inches)
  • Flagstone of various dimensions and weights
  • Pea gravel
  • Boulders
  • Pavers
  • Bricks
  • Dirt
  • Sand

Joiners

  • Rope
  • Cable ties
  • Inner tubes of bicycles (cut into lengths with the valve cut out)
  • Pulleys
  • String
  • Cord

Household

  • Bandages
  • Pots and pans
  • Muffin tins
  • Plastic containers
  • Wooden spoons
  • Lattice
  • Wood home renovation materials (4x4s, 2x4s, plywood, siding, etc.)

Textile-type materials

  • Cushions
  • Sheets
  • Drop cloths
  • Towels
  • Blankets

Transportation

  • Child-size wheelbarrow
  • Buckets
  • Wagons
  • Car tires
  • Rope and pulley

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