The variety of colors, shapes, textures, sizes, growth habits, and aromas make flowers interesting and engaging loose parts that draw children's attention. How can you support children's use of flowers in your play environment?
Love them or hate them, insects are a diverse and interesting loose part found in all early learning settings. One of the big challenges to engaging them as loose parts may be the attitudes of the adults involved. How can you support children's interactions with insects in your play environment? Update: The exoskeletons insects shed … Continue reading Loose Parts Ideas | Insects
Seed pods are amazing! Kids love collecting them, opening them, examining them, hauling them around, and more. If you're play environment doesn't generate its own seed pods, you can always reach out to others to haul in these engaging loose parts. How can you support children's use of seed pods in your play environment?
Caterpillars are amazing living loose parts you can invite to become variables in your outdoor play space. With a bit of research you can determine what caterpillars are indigenous to your area and ways to invite more of them to call your play space home. How can you support children's interactions with caterpillars in your … Continue reading Loose Parts Ideas | Caterpillars
Leaves are amazing loose parts because they are so variable. (Remember, Simon Nicholson defines loose parts as variables in an environment.) Not only do leaves vary from plant to plant, they very during the plant's growth cycle. How can you support children in using leaves as loose parts in your play environment?
Pine cones come in all sorts of sizes and shapes. They're kind of like tree shells in that regard. Like shells, kids also love to collect, sort, and play with pine cones. They're a delightful loose part that kids will use in all kinds of play.