Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Loose Parts In the Playground

I've been away from blogging for several months now mostly because our preschool, Aspen Leaf Preschool, has been very busy. We've been growing so quickly and will soon be opening a third classroom! My classroom has also been busy learning lots of new things. In the next couple of blog posts I want to share some of our favorite activities from the past few months.

Loose Parts in the Playground

Loose parts are items that can be used in a variety of creative ways during play. They promote imagination, team work, and open ended play. Some examples of loose parts are logs, sticks, boards, stone, tires, ropes and other objects that children can move around and use for many different purposes. Our playground has always had some loose parts available to the children but a few weeks ago, I added some sheets to the mix.

These are some of the things we saw:

Tents in all kinds of places

Picnics
Princess veils
Sleeping bags

Team work

Baby beds

As we add more loose parts to our playground, I'll keep you posted on the wonderful ways that the children are using them. If you would like to read more about the theory of loose parts, Let the Children Play has a nice blog post on the topic.

 

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