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Loose Parts Nature Play

Jun 1, 2018

Last Child in the Woods


“The woods were my Ritalin. Nature calmed me, focused me, and yet excited my senses.” 
 Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder



“It's a good thing to learn more about nature in order to share this knowledge with children; it's...

May 18, 2018

Check out our research on tree climbing at:



Find our poster session about our tree climbing research at:


Go outside and climb a tree today!



May 10, 2018





Janet L. Ide: Snakes in the Grass: Weaving Success for Everyone

Arts and Activities, Dec. 2000

Nature uses only the longest threads to weave her patterns, so that each small piece of her fabric reveals the organization...

May 2, 2018

Loose Parts Toys—links to “toys” mentioned and other materials:



Using Toys to Support Infant-Toddler Learning and Development

Gabriel Guyton, YC Young Children Sept 2011



A 'loose parts' toy, as Nicholson...

Apr 23, 2018

The Educator’s Role in Nature Play

Lots of great links to resources in this blogpost!


“If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering...