go out and play. and sweat.

Every single summer I see people (via my Facebook feed) going outside and enjoying the sunshine. Cookouts, picnics, trips to the park…it’s all very idyllic and such.

Yeah, we don’t really do that here in Texas. Our summers are spent mostly indoors, unless there’s water involved. The kids haven’t wanted to go out and play on the trampoline (too hot), blow bubbles (too many mosquitoes), or go for a walk (“I’LL MELT, MOMMY.”) Part of me wants to tell them to buck up, because this is where we live, and unbearable heat from May – October is kind of a thing here. But the other part of me really likes air conditioning.

A few weeks ago I received a backpack filled with toys on behalf of imagine toys and KaBOOM!’s Go Out and Play Collection. What I loved about it was that the toys were totally old school – no newfangled contraptions or fancy versions of classic toys. With a frisbee, two jump ropes, and two packages of sidewalk chalk, these WERE the classic toys. And I was thrilled to see how the girls immediately took everything outside and started playing.


I love throwing things with Christian. Or at him. Take that how you will. As soon as we started reintroducing ourselves to the art of the frisbee, Zoe and Rachel were begging to play too. Have you ever taught a 4 or 6-year-old to throw a frisbee? No? You practically have to be an engineer, or an Eagle Scout or something. Or maybe just better at explaining things than I am. But Zoe picked it up immediately (girl’s got an ARM), and Rachel stuck with it until she got the hang of it, which made me super proud, because my big girls don’t exactly have the “determination” app installed.



Meanwhile, Claire took to the sidewalk chalk and some bubbles that we always keep handy outside and cheered us on while we tossed the frisbee around.

In the heat.

And the humidity.

With no chance of a breeze.

And it was awesome.

Since then, Zoe’s asked just about every day to go out and throw the frisbee. We’ve taken the sidewalk chalk to a whole new level on the trampoline. And we’ve attempted the jump ropes, but I think I’m going to have to hire that one out. Anyone willing to come teach my kids to swing and jump over a piece of rope?

trampoline chalk drawing

kaboom imagine toys

It’ll cool off here in the coming weeks, and I’m really excited to get my girls back outside to play. Nothing makes me happier than seeing them spend hours in the backyard, losing themselves in their imaginations.

More about KaBOOM!: KaBOOM! is the national non-profit dedicated to giving kids the childhood they deserve by bringing play to those who need it most. They’ve partnered with imagine toys to bring you the Go Out and Play Collection, which aims to get families outside and give kids the balance of active play that they need to thrive. Since 1996, KaBOOM! has has mapped over 100,000 places to play, built more than 2,400 playgrounds, and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities across the country. A percentage of each purchase from the Go Out and Play Collection goes back to KaBOOM! For more information, visit KaBOOM.org.

I received a KaBOOM essentials kit for review. All opinions and complaints about the Texas heat are my own.


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  1. It was a tad hard for us to get outside and use the play pack too, for all the same reasons! But of course, much fun was had once we did. 🙂 Love the chalk on the trampoline, how fun! And yes, bubbles area a staple around here too…

  2. It is just so hot. The word sweltering was invented for this time of year in Texas. I do love the sidewalk chalk on the trampoline idea. That’s pretty genius.

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