{natural clay tree sculptures} What a great way to make a nature collection into a piece of art.

Clay sculptures at the Just So festival

A fantastic outdoor art idea that makes great use of loose parts found in a forest: clay faces on tree trunks! My son loves the funny faces people put on trees, now I can let him make his own :)

water in gutters for play.

Just Add Water!

Gutter water play -- used to do this every summer with my mom& summer camps! Love the connectors and props, that looks really stable. So fun!

Develop a Sense of Wonder - loose parts and shadows- uses patterns and shadows to create interest and curiosity in children

Extraordinary Classroom: The children test their theory- Shadows Move when the Sun Moves

Use loose, natural materials both indoors and outside to teach classifying skills.

Use loose, natural materials both indoors and outside to teach classifying skills.

Chalk board painted tree cookies shared by Let the Children Play ---- www.facebook.com/letchildrenplay from http://aubreyandlindsay.blogspot.ca/2013/09/wood-slices-sanders.html

26 Beautiful Ways To Use Chalkboard Paint

Chalkboard paint + wood slices =great table numbers for wedding center pieces

Great for fine motor skills.

Sue - Here is a more waldorf version: Fine motor provocation at Puzzles Family Day Care ≈≈

Exploring Through Play: Exploring with natural materials Part 1 - loose parts faces in the rain

Exploring Through Play: Exploring with natural materials Part 1 - loose parts faces in the rain

let the children play: Natural dens in the sandpit, with lots of lovely natural 'loose parts' for creative & imaginative play (",)

let the children play: a tour of the point preschool in sydney lots of beautiful play space ideas for outside

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