My favorite! Between going on walks with your children to find these treasures to watching how children reconnect with nature, nothing beats this. (Not to mention that Nature Loose Parts are FREE!)
Discover the magic of creativity with these diverse Nature Loose Parts examples.
Nature-Based Loose Parts!
Pinecones and sweet gum balls picked up from a walk.
Wood cookies cut from fallen tree branches.
Sticks and rocks found on a walk in the woods.
Seashells donated by a girl who went to the ocean.
Acorns picked up on a nature walk.
Dried wildflowers found in the field.
Dehydrated oranges and grapefruit.
Leaves that have fallen from the trees and were found on the ground.
Dirt! Yes! Great outdoor loose part and fabulous for the sensory table and containers inside!
Dried sunflower makes for several loose parts within.
List of Nature-Based Loose Parts
- Dried Flowers
- Wood Cookies
- Wood Chips
- Peach Pits
- Sweet Gum Ball
- Anise Stars
- Cinnamon Sticks
Explorations: Nature-Based Loose Parts in the Classroom
Mortar and Pestle Collages
Investigating and Sketching on Light Table
Be on the lookout for the rest of the 7 types of Loose Parts in our series of Loose Parts examples.
For more information on this topic, don’t miss our in-depth guide How to Get Started with Loose Parts.
BONUS! Download our Loose Parts Wish List and start collecting! ↓
In case you missed the other 6 Types of Loose Parts blog posts, no worries. I included that all right here for you!
- Metal Loose Parts
- Plastic Loose Parts
- Glass & Ceramic Loose Parts
- Fabric, Fiber & Paper Loose Parts
- Wood Reuse Loose Parts
- Packaging Loose Parts
What Loose Parts are YOU playing with?
What have your children inevstigate through nature-based loose parts?
Daly, Lisa; Beloglovsky, Miriam (2014). Loose Parts: Inspiring Play in Young Children. Redleaf Press.
Daly, Lisa; Beloglovsky, Miriam (2016). Loose Parts 2: Inspiring Play with Infants and Toddlers. Redleaf Press.
Sheridan, Mary; Howard, Justine; Alderson, Dawn (2011). Play in Early Childhood: From Birth to Six Years. Routledge.