Rocks and sticks. That is what my answer is, every time I hear or read a parent asking what outdoor "toy" they should get their kids. Outdoor toy ...?! I scratch my head and try to think, my kid has never had any!! Why...? Because they are unnecessary and take away the creatively, imagination and limitless ideas natural play has to offer! So...rocks and sticks it is!
One of my sons, go-to activities, is to throw rocks in the water! And, who doesn't like to chuck rocks . . . !! Not only is it cathartic, but educational too! I took my little guy to the lake and throwing rocks, skipping rocks, watching rocks sink .... consumed hours of time. Laughter, science chats and thoughtful expression won the day. Rocks and water, it NEVER gets old! Adults, teens, kids and even babies, all enjoy the satisfaction of tossing rocks into the lake! (or pond, or ocean, or creek ... or even the bathtub!) Next time you are wondering what to do, take a little journey to throw some rocks in the water!
Happy Adventuring! - Victoria