Can you help ?
P2 are looking to add to their collection of ‘loose parts’.
What are loose parts and why do we want them ?
In play, loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. They are materials with no specific set of directions that can be used alone or combined with other materials involving children in creativity, collaboration, sharing thinking and problem-solving.
Loose parts can be natural or synthetic.
Encouraging children to use resources as they choose can provide a wider range of opportunities than one that is purely adult led – eg
- Problem Solving
- Hand-eye coordination
- Fine motor development
- Gross motor development
- Language and vocabulary building
- Mathematical thinking
- Scientific thinking
- Social/emotional development
- The list goes on and on…
What do we need ?
There is no definitive list, but at the moment we are collecting smaller items that can be used indoors, for example ( but not limited to) buttons, beads, smooth pebbles, corks, curtain rings, pipe cleaners, ribbons, paper or silicon cake cases, paper cups and plates, cork mats, small baskets for sorting, shells, clean lollipop sticks, bangles, flower pots, muffin tins, nuts and bolts, cotton reels or old cds.
Any donations gratefully received !