Loose Parts

Loose parts allow children to take an object that has a loosely defined purpose and use it to be anything that they want for their playing. 

The difference between a toy and a loose part is if you have a toy and It breaks well the toy is broken but if you have a loose part and it breaks or rips- now you have two!

Some examples of loose parts:

  • PVC Pipes

  • Pallets

  • Wood Pieces

  • Old Tires

  • Cardboard Boxes

  • Fabric

  • Paint

  • Buckets

  • Yarn, Rope or String

  • Old Bike Wheels

  • Wheel Barrows

  • Trash Bins

Loose Parts Gallery

More Readings on Loose Parts 

"Loose Parts: Inspiring Play in Young Children"

By: Lisa Daly & Miriam Beloglovsky

I wholeheartedly agree with this: "Children usually prefer play that stimulates their curiosity and gives free reign to their imaginations and creativity. We believe that one of the best ways to enhance their natural curiosity is to introduce a wide variety of the materials we call “loose parts” into their play settings".

Loose Parts Play

By: Theresa Casey & Juliet Robertson

"Loose parts are about real world learning for all children and young people. The process both of introducing them and of playing with them involves collaboration, sharing thinking, problem-solving and decision-making where the outcome is evident – better play experiences. The impact of facilitating quality loose parts play is improved health and well-being and so a positive cycle is put in place."

Loose Parts for Teachers

By: Jenni Caldwell

Loose parts are a key element in the Reggio Approach and other approaches, but why? What can be learned through loose parts play? Let's look deeper into loose parts play.

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