A Comprehensive Training for Early Childhood Educators

Investigations are one of the most powerful methods for children to construct their own meaning and purpose in play!

The Pillars of  Investigations Framework

In this training you will learn how to approach teaching with Loose Parts from the Loose Parts Pyramid.  This is a sequential approach based on developmental markers of learning.

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Work at your own pace!

Earn a 6-hour PD Certificate!

Training One: The Foundation

What are loose parts? Why use loose parts? What ages can use loose parts? In this foundational training you will gain a clear understanding of what loose parts are, the benefits of using loose parts and how to use them with different ages of children.

Training Two: Curiosity Explored!

How do you introduce loose parts? How do you train children to put them back? In this training learn how to introduce loose parts effectively without overwhelming the children or you!

  • Introducing strategies
  • Clean-up strategies
  • Games and Songs to use

Training Three: Curiosity Sparked!

How do you support and expand children's engagement in loose parts? In this training learn how to encourage children's use of loose parts through dynamic invitations and provocations.


  • Provocations for specific growth markers
  • Invitations for each center
  • Storytelling Invitations

Training Four: Investigating Wonder!

How can you assess loose parts play? In this training learn how to observe, assess and note developmental markers.

  • Observation Forms and Frameworks
  • Assessment sheets
  • Developmental Stages
  • Academic Connections and Recording Sheets
Training Five: Outdoor Loose Parts
What are the best loose part for outdoor spaces?  In this training learn the top 15 loose parts and how to use them outside.


  • Top 15 outdoor loose parts
  • Storage solutions
  • Management tips
  • Introducing outdoor loose parts
  • Provocations
Training Six: Managing Loose Parts
In this training, we examine how to collect, store and manage a large loose parts collection.

  • Organizational tips
  • Collection Methods
  • Storage Solutions

Transform your classroom in 2018!

“I can see this is going to be amazingly useful as I make the switch from traditional toys to loose parts.”
The Creator: Sally Haughey
Sally Haughey is the founder and owner of Fairy Dust Teaching, a company committed to the growth and empowerment of teachers around the globe.

After 20 years of successfully teaching in various school settings (church, private, federal, poverty, urban, suburban and wealth), she has committed herself to what she loves most: empowering and inspiring teachers! Her focus is to provide a deeper level of service and training to other teachers with transformational techniques.

Sally has been providing online education and training for over 7 years. To date, she has trained over 6,000 teachers worldwide!

Learn how to make LOOSE PARTS a fundamental part of your curriculum.


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Fairy Dust Teaching has provided training to over 6,000 early childhood educators from around the world!

“Wonderful insights and great inspiration as usual! After watching the clean up songs and games video I realized that we weren't using song enough in our day to day routines. I kept this in mind today as I supported in classrooms and found myself making up chants and rhymes. It's amazing how fast you can capture the attention of a child with song v. a normal talking voice.

I'm really excited to see where things go with the idea of Skillful Observing. We've been talking a lot about objective vs. subjective wording at our school, both in our daily pages and other types of communications we have with partents. Being skillful in our observations takes the idea of observing so much further and I look forward to sharing some of these exercises with my staff.”

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“This was such a wonderful explanation of the different stages of loose parts as well as developmental stages. As I was listening (and taking tons of notes) I was able to recognize where many of the children in my class already fall within the stages. Most are in the tote/carry/pile, but I also see a few moving into other parts – creating stories and narratives, convincing peers to use the parts in specific ways, coming up with ideas for the parts that surprise me by how they have decided to use them. I noticed, but without any kind of framework to place the observations on. This has given me a framework to use and I am really exicted to go back and observe the children with these new ideas/framework and assess where they are and how they are using the simple loose parts I have made available to them so far. Thanks for these videos!”

“The 3 step blueprint video is like a missing piece to a puzzle for me. I can see this is going to be amazingly useful as I make the switch from traditional toys to loose parts. It helps me to navigate the fine line between letting the kids discover/explore the loose parts tat their own pace and springboarding their engagement.”
“The videos were very informative. It was wonderful to see how there is a developmental stage to loose part play.

Being new to Reggio, this knowledge allows me to not expect too much from the chidren in my group but to respect their learning and to support it correctly… I love the knowledge that I am gaining to understand how vital loose parats are to learning. Thank you!”

“The developmental stages of loose parts give concrete information without tracking the level of each kid's interaction with loose parts. The stages really explain the gradual process involved in manipulating loose parts. IN a nutshell, the videos clearly itemized the cognitive benefits of loose parts in the classroom. Indeed, observation and keeping anecdotal records will be more authentic. Thanks for sharing.”
Playing with Loose Parts

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