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Loose Parts Nature Play

Jul 4, 2022

Getting Started with Loose Parts

  • Recognize it is already happening!
  • Play! Start playing with some items and see how else they may be used.
  • Start with what you have
  • Classroom Sort/Beautiful Stuff Project
  • Let go of the control and let it happen
  • Start with a book or prompt then get out of the way—already had some in the classroom—yes!
  • Study the children/Invitations/Loose Parts Starts
  • Involve CHILDREN!
  • Study and READ (and LISTEN) about loose parts! Exchange articles, professional development books, etc.
  • Network—Loose Parts Play group!
  • What 3 things will you do in the next few weeks? Report back!


Podcast episodes to Help:

Hesitant Children—Kids Aren’t Playing

30 + Approaches to Loose Parts

7 Loose Parts Myths Exchange Article

Rethinking Loose Parts: Four Key Principles Beyond the Stuff Exchange Article

Finding Loose Parts

Autumn Treasures


Blog Posts

Professional Development Books

Read aloud loose parts books


Video from Gryphon House—junk jar, STEM bins, kits--measurement


Professional Development Opportunities with Me!


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