I’m very excited to share this activity with you, as it is so simple, beautiful and the children love love love it!
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Ever since I read this post, I have been enamored with the theory of loose parts. When the weather is nicer (it’s been raining quite a bit), I can’t wait to explore all the fabulous ideas they have for free creative play with all sorts of loose parts OUTSIDE–seriously, check out the post from Let the Children Play. It is DROP DEAD INSPIRATIONAL! (Yes, that’s a “thing” ;-p) I also love this post from Nurturestore on creative play with loose parts.
The basic idea of playing with loose parts originally comes from an architect in the ’70’s named Simon Nicholson. His theory was that letting the children play freely with loose parts (which can be anything really, from shells and buttons to logs and boxes) without restriction greatly encourages and enhances their inborn creativity.
Our free play with loose parts has been very simple so far, as we haven’t been able to go outside much due to the rain, but even with our limited space and materials, playing and creating with loose parts has been so fun and satisfying for them. I can’t wait to gather more materials and keep trying new things! I’m sure they’ll love it!
So far, I’ve mainly given them small loose parts and given them either a paper with a (basic, verrrrrrry basic) drawing on it that they can decorate, or given them a mat and let them choose what they want to create on it with the loose parts. Our activities have been a combination of creative play, simple art and mosaics and fine motor skills.
It’s been so rewarding for me to see their creativity come alive, and how much they truly enjoy these activities!
Here are a few pictures of just some of the creative play with loose parts they’ve done recently.
As you can see, creative and free play with loose parts is such a wonderful activity for children of all ages. It stimulates their creativity, helps them learn concentration, helps them practice their motor skills, and occupies their time with something beautiful and rewarding!
Some of our favorite loose parts for play, art and creativity:
cut up straws
I hope you enjoyed this post! If you do anything like this, I’d love to see it! If you’re interested, I did some activities at Christmas time with loose parts involving magnets as well! Check it out here!