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Loose Parts Nature Play

Oct 24, 2018


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 “Every child should have mud pies, grasshoppers, water bugs, tadpoles, frogs, mud turtles, elderberries, wild strawberries, acorns, chestnuts, trees to climb. Brooks to wade, water lilies, woodchucks, bats, bees, butterflies, various animals to pet, hayfields, pinecones, rocks to roll, sand, snakes, huckleberries and hornets. And any child who has been deprived of these has been deprived of the best part of education.” — Luther Burbank (American horticulturalist and botanist, 1849 – 1926)


Additional Resources:

Tinkergarten activities:

Interested in becoming a leader? See:

Nature Play Poster:

 Playwork Principles

Pop-Up Adventure Play

Children’s Books for Outdoor Loose Parts Play

52 Things to Do Outside Before You Grow Up:

The Wisdom of Nature


 Books (aff links):

 Balanced and Barefoot by Angela Hanscom


Children’s Special Places by David Sobel


Deep Nature Play by Joseph Bharat Cornell


Go Wild!: 101 Things to Do Outdoors Before You Grow Up by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield


Learning is in Bloom: Cultivating Outdoor Explorations by Ruth Wilson


Loose Parts Books by Lisa Daly and Miriam Beglosvky


Nature and Young Children: Encouraging Creative Play and Learning Natural Environments by Ruth Wilson


Playing It Up with Loose Parts, Playpods, and Adventure Playgrounds Joan Almon, Editor

(You can find this as a pdf online if you look around.)


Play the Forest School Way by Jane Worroll and Peter Houghton


Seasons of Play: Natural Environments of Wonder by Rusty Keeler


The Stick Book: Loads of things you can make or do with a stick by Fiona Danks and Jo Schofield


Loose Parts Play Facebook Page