Children in Nature - Natural Play Spaces

Photo of little girl holding up a perfect pine cone, courtesy of Steve Hillebrand, USFWS

Elements of a Natural Play Space

Hunting and Gathering - Connecting to our Ancestors

Hunting and gathering activities are a powerful connection to the way our ancestors co-existed with nature.

When children look for pinecones, sticks, stones, leaves, worms, insects or toads, it is like hunting for treasure in nature. Once gathered, children will use their imagination to create structures or miniature worlds or make friends with a bug.

Loose parts can become currency or valuables in nature play.

 

Photo compliments of Krisna Becker.

Loose parts can be used for music and sound.

Photo courtesy of Parks and People Foundation

Plants can be loose parts.

 

Photo compliments of Krisna Becker.

Loose part bins.

Irvine Nature Center
Baltimore County
 

Nature art with loose parts.

Irvine Nature Center
Baltimore County