Loose Parts are open-ended materials that children can use in a variety of ways. See the except below from an article around learning through play.And below you can see this in action. Maths manipulatives becoming birthday cakes, cupcakes and presents, while tubes and cable reels are explored as stools, wheelchairs, channels for things to travel through and containers.
The Learning Links:
- Thinking like a scientist--testing and changing
- Sorting by different characteristics--size, shape, type of material
- Health and PE--creating a game together, taking turns
- Capacity--how many of these little stones fit into this cable reel?
The amount of creativity and ingenuity that occurs when children can choose how they use the materials around them is incredible. We are always thinking, creating, trying and changing in Autahi.