What is Loose parts play?
Loose parts play is a type of play that supports invention, divergent thinking, problem solving and offers a sense of wonder to children. They 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.
Why have loose parts play in the class?
Loose parts have a life, a language, their equal complexity and simplicity provide children with a way of communicating that lends itself to advanced problem solving, dramatic play, storytelling, fantasy, engineering, mathematics, and communication, just to name a few.
P2c already make excellent use of the collection of loose parts which we have in class, but the more varied resources we have the higher quality of experience the children can have.
To this end, we would welcome any donations you may be able to give us to expand our collection – your trash could become our treasure!
Below is a list of possibilities, but it is by no means exclusive.
Wooden curtain Rings
Velcro Hair Rollers
Ribbon – cut into strips
Milk bottle Caps
Large Walnut Shells