All Saints CEVA
Primary School & Nursery


Loose Parts Play

The children have been given the opportunity to explore loose parts play, both inside and especially outside.

What are loose parts?

Loose parts is the label given to any collection of natural or man-made materials that can be used to expand upon children’s play. Loose parts have no specific function or goal.Loose parts can be used in so many ways and the possibilities are as endless as is a child’s imagination.

Loose parts can cover every area of learning and development.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development – Independent play, making choices about what and how to play, sharing resources, playing alongside others.Physical Development – Fine and gross motor skills, learning how to lift and carry.Communication and Language – Speaking with other children during shared play, new language and vocabulary.Mathematics – Concepts such as shape, size, sequencing, sorting, counting, combining and measuring.Literacy – Mark making and storytelling narratives during play.Understanding the World – Using loose parts during role play; stones in the kitchen, wooden blocks as cars, testing ideas and theories.Expressive Arts and Media – Opportunity to explore media and materials, application of loose parts for creativity and art.

Here is an example of resources that can be used

Household items like cotton reels, curtain rings, blocks, beads, buttons, balls, tubes, tins, pots, springs, washers, marbles, bangles, tiles, pegs.Natural resources such as stones, sea shells, feathers, pine cones, leaves, sticks, conkers, acorns, sand.Fabrics such as scarves, ribbons, laces, scrunchies.

Why not try it at home and share on Tapestry.