Loose Parts – 5 Reasons why loose parts should be an important part of all early childhood settings.
This session will explore and inspire educators to think deeply about embedding sustainability as a philosophy and way of working and resourcing children’s play and learning spaces.
Upon successfully completing this session we will have inspired you to:
By using loose part educators can support children’s natural instinct to bond with nature and living things. You can model and encourage this providing opportunities to engage in outdoor unstructured nature play from the very beginning of their life.
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.
Loose parts can be natural or synthetic. In an early childhood outdoor environment educators can provide an array of loose parts for use in play:stones, peddles, stumps, sand, gravel, re-used fabric, twigs, wood, pallets, balls, buckets, baskets, crates, boxes, logs, rope, tyres, shells and seedpods and much more.