What do you do with your old tires when you replace them with new ones for your car? My husband surprised me a year ago when he brought our used tires back home with the statement “I thought the kids could play with them in the backyard.” He was pretty proud of himself for his quick thinking and I will admit, it ended up being a great idea! Who knew how much fun tires can be to play with!?!?! The kids love to use their energy to roll them around and there is so much they can do with them. The tires challenge their mobility, balance, hand eye coordination and creativity. I love to see all the ways they come up with to use the tires. And best of all, it is a free activity that has given us hours of fun!
Here are some of their favorite ways to use the tires…
They like to build towers.
Use a board to create a challenging balance beam or sometimes it’s to “walk the plank!”
Or to use a little rope to make it into a ladder or swing.
**I will warn that they do get dirty from playing with them (especially when you just bring them home), but nothing a little water can’t take off. I try to make sure they play outside in “play clothes”, if I know they are going to be using the tires.
Other ways we have used our tires:
- Use as part of obstacle course
- To do high knees (or more like crawling from one to another with younger kids)
- Goals in a game of soccer
- They L.O.V.E. To roll them around (they are just way to fast for me to get a picture of it)
- A place to “hide their treasure”
- As a lookout
- To climb on top of
- A prison for other children too small to climb out
- A base for an extremely large snowman
- They are pretty fun to use in the now, too!
….These are just a few of the ways we have used them. The possibilities are endless!