Of course, slides were the first order of the day. But when my arms got tired of lifting the Kid "up peas", I thought that maybe I could distract him by teaching him how to throw rocks in a nearby mud puddle.
We had gotten a good, soaking rain that morning (the day after we put most of the garden in--score!), so the opportunities for exploration were ample. In more simple terms, the Kid got good and dirty!
I'm not very persnickety about either him or I getting dirty when we're outside, so I plopped down on the driest spot I could find and watched him. Throwing pebbles in the puddle was the best fun, I think, followed by digging trenches and squishing mud between his fingers.
It was the best date we've had in recent memory.