Date posted: May 19, 2017
Loose parts are open-ended play materials that spark imagination and invention. They invite creativity. They support learning.
Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. Loose parts can be used alone or combined with other materials. There is no set of specific directions for materials that are considered loose parts. The child is the direction.
In the following video, Ottawa teachers and their students engage in outdoor inquiry-based learning using loose parts.
For more information on loose parts, read:
- Loose parts: What does this mean?
- Loose Parts: Inspiring Play in Young Children
- The Learning in Loose Parts
- The Theory of Loose Parts
For ideas on using loose parts with preschoolers, browse Loose Parts: Inspiring Play in Young Children. And, for ideas on loose parts with even younger children, borrow Loose Parts 2: Inspiring Play with Infants and Toddlers. Both books are available from the Decoda Library. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to borrow.