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Building creativity one leaf and bolt at a time.

Join Dr. Carla Gull, educator and mother of four boys, as she talks about getting outside and exploring loose parts.

Loose Parts Nature Play Dr. Carla Gull

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Building creativity one leaf and bolt at a time.

Join Dr. Carla Gull, educator and mother of four boys, as she talks about getting outside and exploring loose parts.

    Getting Outside with Tweens and Teens

    Getting Outside with Tweens and Teens

    Why Get Outside with Tweens and Teens
    Less screen time Physically active Mental health Decreased stress Experience awe and wonder Healing power of nature Skill building Career exploration Challenges and Opportunities
    More reliance on technology Seeking more independence Often more influenced by peers Developing identity Expanding independence Tips for Getting Outside
    Increase adventure Bring along friends Let them plan Involve food! Family traditions Follow their interests Connect with groups Include technology Find ways to serve! Consider safety  
    Indiana Master Naturalists
     
    The STEM Connection
     
    Citizen Scientist Projects for Teens
     
     
    Indiana Children and Nature Network—Tweens and Teens 3 webinars available!
    Part 1--The STEM Connection and Indiana Master Naturalists
    Part 2--Joe Pounds and Authentic Engagement
    Part 3--Tips and Resources with Dr. Carla Gull from ICAN
     
    Book--Loose Parts Learning in K-3 Classrooms: https://www.gryphonhouse.com/books/details/loose-parts-learning-in-k-3-classrooms
    Loose Parts Play Facebook Page:
    https://www.facebook.com/LoosePartsPlay/
    Loose Parts Play Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LoosePartsPlay/
     
    Inside Outside Michiana Facebook Page:
    https://www.facebook.com/InsideOutsideMichiana/
     
    Loose Parts Nature Play Website:
    https://loosepartsnatureplay.org/
     

    • 35 min
    Social Emotional Learning and Loose Parts

    Social Emotional Learning and Loose Parts

    Get to know our own emotions—Atlas of the Heart, Brene Brown, on HBO Max Recognize inherent aspect of loose parts to allow children to work out issues and meet needs. Specific “kit” around SEL topics—emotions, faces, etc. Include books around SEL in other kits, such as I’m Done in a beaver kit, Let’s Make Faces by Hanoch Piven and How are you peeling? in an emotions kit, Be a Tree in a tree kit or just on its own (see book list below). Create a “calm down” kit. Include lots of options for interacting with animals and dramatic play—puppets, costumes, fabrics, stuffed animals, plastic animals, etc. Tinkergarten—lots of videos, blogs, and other resources SEL theory  
    Loose Parts Nature Play Kits Podcast Episode
    Loose Parts Nature Play SEL Kits Handout
    Deconstructive Play Handout
     
    Nature/Loose Parts Connected SEL Book Suggestions from Megan Gessler
    *Some of Carla’s favorite books for Loose Parts that were on Megan’s list
    Developing Kinship and Empathy
    Growth Mindset
    Becoming Agents of Change
    A Friend to Nature
    Listen
    Stick and Stone
    Peace is an Offering
    You are never alone
    Here and now
    Outside In
    Wonder Walkers
     
    *Beautiful Oops
    Whistle for Willie
    Going Places
    The Magical Yet
    Flight School
    I am the Storm
    *Be a Maker
    *Ada Twist, Scientist
    *Rosie Revere, Engineer
    You are a Beautiful Beginning
    *Made by Maxine
    *Boxitects
    Maybe
    *Jabari Tries
    The Thing Lou Couldn’t Do
    Say Something
    I am Courage
    I am One
    *The Most Magnificent Thing
    *What Do you do with an Idea? Chance? Problem?
    *The Fort
    Seeds and Trees
    *Iggy Peck Architect
    Lala’s Words
    Change Sings
    Tree Lady
     
     
    Book--Loose Parts Learning in K-3 Classrooms: https://www.gryphonhouse.com/books/details/loose-parts-learning-in-k-3-classrooms
    Loose Parts Play Facebook Page:
    https://www.facebook.com/LoosePartsPlay/
    Loose Parts Play Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LoosePartsPlay/
     
    Inside Outside Michiana Facebook Page:
    https://www.facebook.com/InsideOutsideMichiana/
     
    Loose Parts Nature Play Website:
    http://insideoutsidemichiana.blogspot.com

    • 18 min
    Junior Ranger Program in Kenai Fjords

    Junior Ranger Program in Kenai Fjords

    The Nature Pyramid
     
    Experience Nature:
    Find a place in the park (or nature) that speaks to you. Close your eyes. Focus on the feeling of the air . . . the sounds and scents around you. When you open your eyes, notice the small details—a drop of dew, light, and shadows. Describe your experience for someone who has never been here—what did you feel, hear, smell, and see . . .  Was there something you could taste?  (Amy Ireland, for Kenai Fjords National Park Explorer Journal)
     
    Also, it’s a mountain goat on the Explorer pin, not a bison! (though I did see a bison at another place)
     
    Bonus Quote (not on the podcast episode, but in the booklet):
    “What we do not see, what we do not hear, what we do not touch, we can never really know.” St. Lawrence Island Yupik Elder
     
    National Parks Service Jr. Ranger Program
     
    Kenai Fjord National Parks Jr. Ranger Program (They even have an app!)
     
    Book--Loose Parts Learning in K-3 Classrooms: https://www.gryphonhouse.com/books/details/loose-parts-learning-in-k-3-classrooms
    Loose Parts Play Facebook Page:
    https://www.facebook.com/LoosePartsPlay/
    Loose Parts Play Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LoosePartsPlay/
     
    Inside Outside Michiana Facebook Page:
    https://www.facebook.com/InsideOutsideMichiana/
     
    Loose Parts Nature Play Website:
    http://insideoutsidemichiana.blogspot.com

    • 32 min
    Getting Started with Loose Parts

    Getting Started with Loose Parts

    Getting Started with Loose Parts
    Recognize it is already happening! Play! Start playing with some items and see how else they may be used. Start with what you have Classroom Sort/Beautiful Stuff Project Let go of the control and let it happen Start with a book or prompt then get out of the way—already had some in the classroom—yes! Study the children/Invitations/Loose Parts Starts Involve CHILDREN! Study and READ (and LISTEN) about loose parts! Exchange articles, professional development books, etc. Network—Loose Parts Play group! What 3 things will you do in the next few weeks? Report back!  
    Podcast episodes to Help:
    Hesitant Children—Kids Aren’t Playing
    30 + Approaches to Loose Parts
    7 Loose Parts Myths Exchange Article
    Rethinking Loose Parts: Four Key Principles Beyond the Stuff Exchange Article
    Finding Loose Parts
    Autumn Treasures
     
    Blog Posts
    Professional Development Books
    Read aloud loose parts books
     
    Video from Gryphon House—junk jar, STEM bins, kits--measurement
     
    Professional Development Opportunities with Me!
     
    Book--Loose Parts Learning in K-3 Classrooms: https://www.gryphonhouse.com/books/details/loose-parts-learning-in-k-3-classrooms
    Loose Parts Play Facebook Page:
    https://www.facebook.com/LoosePartsPlay/
    Loose Parts Play Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LoosePartsPlay/
     
    Inside Outside Michiana Facebook Page:
    https://www.facebook.com/InsideOutsideMichiana/
     
    Loose Parts Nature Play Website:
    http://insideoutsidemichiana.blogspot.com

    • 20 min
    Loose Parts Nature Play Kits: Something for Everyone!

    Loose Parts Nature Play Kits: Something for Everyone!

    Why Have Kits?
    Grab and go
    Organized materials
    Find your stuff
    Versatile
    Accessible for more people
     
    How to use: storytime, grab one for a hike, follow children’s interests, family days, check out at your center, send home kits, children’s free choice, rotate
     
    Types of Kits:
    Book extensions: Not a Stick, Mama Built a Little Nest, An Egg is Quiet, A Nest is Noisy
    Animal focus: Woodpecker’s Wham, squirrels, beaver, insects, bird nests, spiders
    Building: wooden blocks, mini bricks, cardboard tools
    Play: stick play, mud kitchen, music and movement, water play, dramatic play, fort play
    Natural phenomena: wind, natural loose parts, sound, gardening, senses
    Art: nature play dough, watercolors or painting, paper, small loose parts, chalk, ephemeral art
    General outdoor tools: tweezers, magnifying glasses, binoculars, twine, buckets, etc.
    Academic/curricular: measuring, stonework play (literacy), numeracy, map making, animal architects, faces/emotions, shapes
     
    What to Include: books, pictures, tools, “sparks” or ideas for play, puppets, materials, interesting combinations, natural items
     
    Type of Bags/Containers: clear plastic bags, muslin drawstring backpacks, backpacks, reusable grocery totes, IKEA bags, crates, baskets, dishpans, wagon
     
    Labels: stencils, laminated tags/pictures, fabric labels, numbered system, have children decorate, wooden laser engraved labels
     
    Storage: hooks on a wall at child height, cart, rod with s hooks, large tubs, cubbies, outdoor shed
     
    Funding: grants, use what you have, donations, special fundraiser, collect nature, garage sales
     
    Tips:
    Supplement with nature found outside—use your space and nature! Keep an Inventory/Master List to find your materials Consider a checkout system for families Regularly purge and evaluate bags and materials Allow children to choose what kits to take outside each day Use a materials list for each bag to visually help keep everything together Group connected items together Involve children in creating kits customized for their play!  
    Book--Loose Parts Learning in K-3 Classrooms: https://www.gryphonhouse.com/books/details/loose-parts-learning-in-k-3-classrooms
    Loose Parts Play Facebook Page:
    https://www.facebook.com/LoosePartsPlay/
    Loose Parts Play Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LoosePartsPlay/
     
    Inside Outside Michiana Facebook Page:
    https://www.facebook.com/InsideOutsideMichiana/
     
    Loose Parts Nature Play Website:
    http://insideoutsidemichiana.blogspot.com

    • 29 min
    Nest Building Time

    Nest Building Time

    Book--Loose Parts Learning in K-3 Classrooms: https://www.gryphonhouse.com/books/details/loose-parts-learning-in-k-3-classrooms
    Loose Parts Play Facebook Page:
    https://www.facebook.com/LoosePartsPlay/
    Loose Parts Play Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LoosePartsPlay/
     
    Inside Outside Michiana Facebook Page:
    https://www.facebook.com/InsideOutsideMichiana/
     
    Loose Parts Nature Play Website:
    http://insideoutsidemichiana.blogspot.com

    • 20 min

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