Loose parts play may not be a new idea but it’s a good one, for the children and for the planet when using re-use resources, the Reverse Garbage team write.
Interest in the concept is experiencing a resurgence – perhaps because teachers emerging from tertiary studies are of an age where they themselves haven’t been exposed to this type of play. Or perhaps because it is an effective way of introducing children to sustainability.
What are loose parts?
Loose parts are open ended items that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in countless ways. They don’t have a prescribed use, come with no directions, and very few rules. Loose parts play supports invention, divergent thinking, problem solving, team work and activates children’s imagination.