We have some beach buckets and shovels that I'll fill with water and a few rocks. Cameron will sit for a long time putting rocks in and out of the water, stirring the water with the shovels, sometimes dumping the water out, and sometimes tasting the rocks.
Most days, the neighbor kids come over to say hi and interact with Cameron. She loves playing with the big kids!
Cameron is too little to ride bicycles or scooters like the other kids but she loves pushing things around the driveway! I think it makes her feel included :)
The most fun we've had outside lately was with a bag of ice that was leftover from Cameron's birthday party. It was taking up room in our freezer and we didn't need it so we put it outside to thaw. This was a great experience for Cameron. I put ice in her bucket of water and left the bag of ice open so that she could explore it in different ways.
The ice drew the biggest crowd of neighborhood kids yet! Our driveway was full of kids "drawing" with ice on the cement, smashing big chunks of ice apart, pouring it into the buckets, etc. This was cheap and easy fun :)
Cameron loved tasting the ice and sat doing so for a long time! She was shaking because it was so cold but she loved every minute of it!
"Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity."
~Kay Redfield Jamison