Stump parks can be a delicious addition to your children’s outdoor play area and all you need is the following:

  • Stumps

With some sweat equity, and perhaps a hand truck to facilitate, you can arrange stumps in your yard for your kids to play on and around.   You can add planks connecting them as balance beams or bridges such as in the photo above.

Why are they more desirable than a warm Cinnabon?  Perhaps it’s the element of risk and danger in addition to the gratifying, successful landing from one stump to another.  Without question, my five-year-old son and his friends jump from stump to stump every single time they play in they yard, even in the winter when there’s snow on them!

A brief word on the benefits of outdoor play from the Voice of Play website, “Research shows that outdoor free play gives kids many valuable benefits, including the development of physical, emotional, social, and cognitive skills.”  “If you asked kids why they run, jump, swing or climb, they’ll tell you, “…because it’s fun.” But research shows outdoor play is much more than just fun, it’s necessary to help kids be physically fit and healthy. When kids are playing, they are learning reflexes and movement control, developing fine and gross motor skills and increasing flexibility and balancing skills. On top of that, when kids are involved in physical activity, they’re building stronger muscles and improving bone density, improving heart and lung function and preventing obesity, diabetes and high cholesterol.”