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How to Encourage Unstructured Outdoor Play. Tips from My Nearest and Dearest blog

Great tips on how to encourage unstructured outdoor play from These are relevant whether you're in the city or the suburbs. Check them out to make nature play a regular part of you and your children's summer!

Parents magazine mega list for outdoor activities for preschoolers and toddlers.

Outdoor Activities

A tea party just isn't a party without a gaggle of guests to enjoy the treats. Let the children take their favorite stuffed animals to an afternoon picnic on the lawn. Cups, kettles, and cupcakes make the perfect spread for a playful day in the shade.

We love to feature play kitchens here on Apartment Therapy, but we haven't given quite as much space to outdoor play kitchens — otherwise known as mud pie kitchens. There's a lot of inspiration out there on the web, so we rounded up 10 fantastic kitchens to excite your creativity for summer.

Mud Pie Kitchen Inspiration

MudPie Kitchens-- Design Dazzle Such a great idea! Kitchen in the backyard so kids can play and get dirty!