Would love to see a photo of the seesaw OC smile I will do the cardboard box thing, we have heaps around. Winter and water here is not really a good idea, even our water is really really cold. DH washed the car the weekend and he was freezing, lol. But I like your ideas. Do you live more on farm or life style section?
A trampoline might not be safe at our place. We have a lot of concrete. Plus they are really expensive sad
I don't think a swing will be a go, those toy shop ones just don't like they can handle two kids climbing and playing.
lol I will see if I can put it on here for you. Its soooooo not a seesaw though. It really is a plank of wood nailed to a post. Great for balancing though!
We live on a little property in the hills. It snows here occasionally and our water is freezing too! Our pipes freeze and our chook water ices over. We have a creek that comes directly from dams so we are pretty lucky. The kids body board in it though and have never really had any sense of temperature. Mind you, I don't really like anything over about mid twenties... My kids are pretty good at deciding when they have had enough and then they come in for a warm bath, hot honey milk and rug up in front of the fire.
If I had a small yard, I would make it full of garden with nooks and crannys for the kids to hide in and explore. I would do the same stuff I mentioned but i would just be bringing it in specifically for them instead of for the garden. if you do a google image search for "kids natural backyards" thats the sort of thing i would be doing. its just a larger version here. you could also get a few bales of hay, do some woodwork, make a watercourse, make fairy gardens/houses, make an obstacle course,
I also have logs that I cut up to balance on as well as fence their cubby house. Also you could plant a non spreading bamboo in big pots and make a private play area that you can move around if you want. food plants also entice my kids outside for lengthy periods.
will yell out if i think of anything else!