Dear Parents and Carers,
We are continuing to develop our ‘Loose Parts Play’ in Woodies this term. ‘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 that can be used alone or combined with other materials. They can be natural or synthetic materials which allow children to use and adapt them as they please and therefore tend to be far more appealing than expensive pieces of play equipment!
There has been a substantial amount of research recently about the benefits of loose parts play, some of which are listed below.
- Increasing levels of creative and imaginative play
- Encourages open ended play
- Children play co-operatively and socialise more
- Children are physically more active
- Loose parts facilitate communication and negotiation skills when added to an outdoor space
- Improvements in young children’s physical coordination
- Children feeling better able to focus and it enhances cognitive abilities
Encouraging children to use resources as they choose can provide a wider range of opportunities than one that is purely adult led. Children playing with loose parts are using more creativity and imagination and developing more skill and competence than they would playing with most modern plastic toys.
DONATIONS NEEDED PLEASE
To help us develop further our loose parts play in our indoor and outdoor provision, we are looking for donations of the following items you may have lying around your home that you do not need any more:
SMALL LOOSE PARTS FOR INDOORS
Buttons, corks, empty spice containers, paper rolls, cotton reels, sticks, stones, empty film canisters, dry pasta, pipe cleaners, shells, hair rollers, curtain rings, funnels, tubing, squirty bottles, gems, pegs, rolling pins, feathers, ice cube trays, garlic presses, ribbon, string, potato mashers, marbles, keys, nuts and bolts, jar and milk bottle lids etc.
LARGE LOOSE PARTS FOR OUTDOORS
Sticks, straw, pine cones, planks, nails, hammers, scrap materials, guttering, rubber inner tubes, rope, fabric, cardboard boxes, chunky cardboard tubes (from inside rolls of carpet), bin lids, foam noodles, nets, hose pipes, bricks, cable reels etc
Basically, anything goes but please keep in mind resources must be clean and safe, so nothing with sharp edges or splinters please. Please send your donations to the Nursery.
Thanks in advance for your continued support.
EYFS Phase Leader