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DOUBLE TAP TO ZOOM WITH PHONE OR TABLET EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION / TEACHING METHODS Use LOOSE PARTS to spark children’s creativity and innovation Loose parts are natural or synthetic found, bought, or upcycled materials that children can move, manipulate, control, and change within their play. Alluring and captivating, loose parts capture children’s curiosity, give free reign to their imagination, and motivate learning. The hundreds of inspiring photographs in this book showcase an array of loose parts in real early childhood settings. The overviews of concepts children can learn provide the foundation for incorporating loose parts into your teaching to enhance play and empower children. With loose parts, the possibilities are truly endless. “Loose Parts provides an inspiring path to childhood creativity that eschews our current throwaway culture by celebrating the inspiration and fun that comes with using diverse, free, and found objects for multiple outcomes.” —Timothy J. Craig, Owner/Director, Children’s Circle Nursery School “This book clearly demonstrates the connection in using open-ended materials that inspire children to develop creativity and deepen critical thinking and problem solving. I highly recommend this book for teachers, early childhood trainers, and parents!” —Margie Perez-Sesser, MA, Perez-Sesser Early Childhood Consulting LISA DALY, MA, is a professor of early childhood education at Folsom Lake College in Folsom, California. Lisa has thirty years of experience in the early childhood field and is passionate about creative arts. She has directed art programs for thousands of children and has presented on a variety of topics at numerous conferences and workshops. MIRIAM BELOGLOVSKY, MA, is a professor of early childhood education at Cosumnes River College in Sacramento, California, and has enjoyed advising and guiding students for over twenty-five years. She consults and supports a variety of family, children, and youth programs and is active with a number of early childhood organizations. Photo credit: Jenna Daly ISBN 978-1-60554-274-4 COPYRIGHTED MATERIAL $29.95