Playing outside is a really special thing. Young children need to play outside and it's amazing how much they get out of it. Being outdoors offers children opportunities they would never get inside. They can be much free-er in their play by being noisy, messy, and having space to move in a different way.
We have been trying to improve the opportunities for play in our small garden for the last couple of weeks. We wanted to give Boy and Girl more than just balls and skipping ropes. Water and sand are an obvious choice for outdoor activities. We have had a sand and water tray for a few years and so this has been cleaned up.