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Loose Parts Nature Play

Dec 12, 2023

I brought a RØDE Reporter microphone to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) conference and asked people about loose parts! They could share anything they wanted—a thought, a tip, a frustration, a product, etc. It was so great to see and meet all of you! Check it out! I’ve tried to link what I can below.


Hear voices from the following (and more!):

Kaplan Early Learning—Check out the Loose Parts STEM kits I was part of designing!

Merry Lea Environmental Learning Center (check out our Master of Arts in Environmental Education—I direct this!)

Easter Seals Child Developmental Learning Center, Washington, DC

Orange Public Schools, NJ

Eastern Connecticut State University—Child and Family Development Resource Center, lab school

Tacoma PBS Public Television System

Nurtured Inspirations

Arkansas Department of Education

Pacific Primary, San Francisco, CA

Inspire to Impact Consulting, FL

Indian River State College, FL


Bloomsburg University, PA

Interaction Imagination

Institute for Self-Active Education

Dr. Drew’s Discovery Blocks

Kinderoo Children’s Academy

FLAEYC Play Chapter

The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL

That Early Childhood Nerd

Ivy Tech Community College—brown paper bag

Ooey Gooey Inc.

Earth Friends

Cambridge-Ellis School

Cosy Direct

Scholar’s Choice—Tuff Trays


Bright Beginnings by Flash Furniture


Kodo Kids

Developing Minds

South Carolina Resource and Referral

Rise Center, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa

Discount School Supply

Super Space

Percussion Play

Dimensions Education Programs, Lincoln, Nebraska

Nature Explore

Community Playthings

Constructive Playthings

Amazing Sensory Designs

First Lutheran Preschool, Ellicott City, Maryland

Childcare Resource and Referral, Tennessee

Jurassic Sands

Red Leaf Press

STRIVE Early Education Services

Little Minds Learning Academy, Michigan

Defending the Early Years

Samara Early Learning


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