What is loose parts play and why is it important for children’s development?

What is loose parts play and why is it important for children’s development?

What is loose parts play and why is it important for children’s development?

What is loose parts play and why is it important for children’s development?

Loose parts are one of the most wonderful early learning resources for the home and the learning environment. They are open-ended resources that are so very versatile and encourage children’s infinite imagination and creativity. I strongly believe a mix of repurposed, found and ethically sourced loose parts are the perfect resources for children’s learning. 

Here is an ever growing list of loose parts that we love that I have used over the years in my classrooms and I know you’ll love them too. 

Over 50+ Loose Parts Play Ideas for Young Children

  1. Colourful scarves from a thrift store
  2. Scarves in neutral and earthy tones
  3. Play silks
  4. Colourful fabric scraps 
  5. Neutral earthy tones fabric scraps
  6. Napkin Rings 
  7. Curtain rings
  8. Bracelets and bangles
  9. Wooden discs
  10. Drink coasters
  11. Polished stones
  12. Polished pebbles
  13. Small sticks collected from gardens
  14. Ribbon pieces 
  15. Yarn and Wool pieces 
  16. Hand made pom poms in colourful arrangements or neutral and earthy tones
  17. Christmas tree decorations
  18. Pieces of natural rope and sisal 
  19. Pieces of twine 
  20. Large beads from broken jewelry 
  21. Small cutting boards
  22. Feathers
  23. Wooden golf tees 
  24. Bells 
  25. Dice 
  26. Wooden craft pieces
  27. Wooden spools  
  28. Sea shells 
  29. Glass stones
  30. Wooden letters
  31. Bottle corks
  32. Mini branch tree cookies 
  33. Cardboard cylinders
  34. Cardboard tubes 
  35. Small gift boxes 
  36. Wooden dowel
  37. Wooden bowls 
  38. Small wooden blocks 
  39.  Small colourful felted wool pom poms
  40. Wool felt river stones
  41.  Buttons
  42. Wooden utensils
  43. Small fabric scraps 
  44. Wooden peg dolls 
  45. Dolly pegs 
  46. Wooden clothes pegs 
  47. Felt pieces 
  48. Raffia
  49. Small draw string bags
  50. Natural sponges 
  51. Cellulose sponge pieces 
  52. Decorative cardboard straws
  53.  Wooden spoons, forks, knives 
  54.  To Be Continued … 


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