We all know the importance of play with young children as that is how children learn. LOOSE PARTS play and intricate role in this YET many administrators and supervisors question whether loose parts can meet any academic objectives.
Giving meaning to loose parts requires us to think about the possibilities of how a child learns and consider the materials and environments she uses. Loose parts create endless possibilities and invite creativity. For example, if a child picks up a rock and starts to play, most likely that rock can become anything the child wants it to be. Imagination, creativity, curiosity, desire, and need are the motivation of loose parts.
Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. Loose parts can be used alone or combined with other materials. There is no set of specific directions for materials that are considered loose parts. The child is the direction.
Here are some inspiring invitations and provocations shared by Fairy Dust Teaching with loose parts that demonstrate the academic value of loose parts.