Digging Deeper with Loose Parts


April 14, 2023




You understand the basic concept of loose parts and are ready to take it to the next level! The term “loose parts” has grown in popularity recently as educators and parents have rediscovered this timeless approach to play. Loose parts play can be as simple as finding a stick and using it in play or it can take a more complex approach to open ended landscapes. We’ll dig a little more deeply to explore definitions of loose parts and debunk 7 loose parts myths in this research-based interactive workshop with practical examples and suggestions for expanding your loose parts offerings. We will explore deconstructive play, purposefully planning for loose parts, and evaluating loose parts.


Fenner Nature Center – Davis Nature Pavilion

2020 E. Mt. Hope Ave.

Lansing, MI 48910


Dr. Carla Gull, Inside Outside Michiana

Dr. Carla Gull is coauthor of Loose Parts Learning in K-3 Classrooms. She has been in education for over 20 years and hosts the Facebook group Loose Parts Play and the podcast Loose Parts Nature Play. She leads professional development and academic research in outdoor classrooms, loose parts, tree climbing, and nature play. She facilitates classes with Tinkergarten, leads local nature and environmental education programming, and consults with Nature Explore. She loves finding frogs and going on adventures with her four boys.