Loose parts are materials that can be moved, designed and redesigned, tinkered
with, taken apart, reassembled, and/ or put together in a completely different way.
At Waterford West Education and Care Centre, we recognise the value of loose
parts and promote different types of materials to ignite more opportunities for
creative engagement of children. We want children to invent, re-invent, construct,
deconstruct, be messy, but most importantly, be creative in their play while they
interact, explore, and discover.
The great thing about loose parts is that they have no specific rules to follow,
children do not feel pressured to achieve something, or scared that they are “not
going to get it right”, rather they can explore the different materials alone or
combined with other materials to create something new, something original,
something they thought about and created all by themselves.
Loose parts can be natural or manmade. You will find many of the following in our
classrooms at our centre, and/or even lying around your own home, including:
Start collecting stuff today, and add it to your child’s play spaces and see how they
incorporate it. You may be surprised with just how creative and resourceful children
can be if given the opportunity to explore.