Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. They are materials with no specific set of directions, they can be natural or synthetic.

When children are left alone to play with whichever loose part they choose, it encourages them to use their imagination, explore their creativity and learn things about their environment, for example, ‘what will happen if I drop this stone into a puddle?’ or using flowers to explore their senses.

Although we encourage plenty of adult-led activities, we should provide the children time to be children. Here are some examples of loose parts and heuristic play:

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