Welcome to the third post in the series Ideas for Adding Natural Elements to your Outdoor Playscape.
The simplest way to include natural play elements outdoors is by adding natural loose parts.
Loose parts - stones, logs, seeds, branches, leaves, tree cookies, sticks - are the heroes of children's playscapes
|Image from Aspetuck Land Trust Blog|
Or a collection of sticks, branches and logs:
For a list of suggested natural loose parts, have a look at Loose Parts: What does This Mean?
|From How Long is This Hall|
::: This Whole Entire Thing is Real @ The Learning Landscape
::: Need Loose Parts? Well, the Beach Provides @ Images of Learning Project
::: Why we Love Loose Parts @ Play Paves the Way
::: That's What Friends Do Together @ Teacher Tom
And here are some other places on Let the Children Play where you can find loose part inspiration:
::: Tree Cookies (or Tree Biscuits or Disks)
::: Create a Natural Playscape in Your Own Backyard
::: Just Add Loose Parts
::: Celebrating Loose Parts in the Preschool Playground
What natural loose parts do you have in your outdoor play area?
Come back tomorrow for Part 4 in this series.. They help children solve problems, be creative, co-operate, move things around, imagine, invent and organize in ways that will amaze you.