Loose parts can be made of any material, natural, synthetic or even better - a combination of the two. They can be found natural materials from a garden, such as twigs, leaves, sticks and stones. They can also be elements that are repurposed and given second and third lives, such as boxes: milk bottle tops, lids, or plastic containers. They can also be the more traditional resources found in a learning environment such as blocks, marbles, buckets, and craft materials such as pompoms, match sticks, paddle pop sticks.
Why are loose parts a fantastic addition to your early learning environment?
Loose parts will provide children with countless opportunities to create, design and learn. Children will be able to drive their own learning though the open ended elements you provide.
Some examples of our loose parts are: sticks, stones, branches, leaves, tree slices, tree cookies, seed pods, pine cones, gum nuts, wooden off-cuts, pebbles, woollen pom-poms, wooden marbles, driftwood ... etc.