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Loose Parts Nature Play

Oct 9, 2018

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The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. –Chinese Proverb

The only difference between stumbling blocks and stepping stones is how you use them.

–American Proverb


Everybody Needs a Rock Ten rules for finding the perfect rock, line drawings and simple color

By Byrd Baylor

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If You Find a Rock uses pictures to illustrate the work, talks about different types of rocks you might find, such as a softer chalky rock for drawing. A big mossy rock for resting, one with a line etc. By Peggy Christian and Barbara Hirsch Lember

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If Rocks Could Sing By Leslie McGuirk—a discovered alphabet = a is for addition ( a math equation), b is for bird (bird rock in nest, fun twist on an ABC book. The author shares her process of finding each individual rock by the sea. Imagine the time it took to find just the right rocks over time. I guess the letter K was challenging, but she persevered.

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Rocks: Hard, Soft, Smooth, Rough:  by Natalie Rosinsky more nonfiction, story of rocks, types of rocks. Still very appropriate and approachable for younger children while still having more in depth information and charts.

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On My Beach There are Many Pebbles (Probably Our Favorite Rock Read Aloud): by Leo Lionni

The author encourages us to take a deeper look at rocks on the beach. Illustrations are drawn. “Most are ordinary but some are strange and wonderful.” Fish, geese, numbers, etc. Makes me want to go explore what shapes and numbers we might find in the rocks.

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Elizabeti's Doll by Stephanie Stuve-Bodeen  There’s a new baby in the house and Elizabeti decides she wants a doll to take care of as her mother cares for the baby. She looks around the village, and finds a perfect rock to be her doll. She sings to the rock doll as her mom sings to the baby, changes diapers, and loves her special doll. Lots of imagination. 
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Rhoda's Rock Hunt by Molly Beth Griffin Rhoda’s aunt and uncle take her backpack camping in Minnesota near a stream. She really likes the rocks there because she loves rocks. She found so many special rocks and had to carry her own pack. Lots of great adjectives! She tires of the trip, yet finds a beach full of rocks which makes her happy. She can’t carry them all home, so must make some decisions about rocks and sharing with others.

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A Rock Can Be by Laura Purdie Salas This shows how rocks may be mountains, carved into fountains,

Stepping stones, dinosaur bones, and so much more. We use rocks in lots of ways! Very simple text that is engaging. There are informational pages at the back with info on glowing rocks, chalk, lake skippers, and more. As well as a glossary.

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