Children in Nature - Natural Play Spaces

Elements of a Natural Play Space

Examples of Loose Parts

Branches for fort building.

Locust Grove
Montgomery County

Baskets of loose parts for playtime.

Locust Grove
Montgomery County

Cubbies for nature treasures

Brookside Gardens
Montgomery County

Movable tree cookies for a child's own path.

Locust Grove
Montgomery County

Rocks can serve dual purposes

Irvine Nature Center
Baltimore County

Movable tree cookies can serve many purposes.

Irvine Nature Center
Baltimore County

Loose Parts can be set up for temporary displays.

Photo courtesy of Parks and People Foundation
A small world built in the sand from seashells, rocks & pine cones

Seashells, rocks and pine cones become a small world in the sand.

Loose parts for art projects.

 

Photo compliments of Krisna Becker.

Even plants can be loose parts.

 

Photo compliments of Krisna Becker.