Useful Resources

Loose Parts Play

When resourcing an outdoor environment it is important to have a range of materials including real objects which children can use in a variety of ways and for different purposes. Natural materials are the best resources as they can ignite children’s curiosity and encourage multi-sensory, open-ended play. By including recycled materials such as tubing, beads, fabrics and metal you will help children to transform everyday objects into their own creations. Other loose parts such as boxes and crates, tree stumps and wooden planks help children to use their imaginations and create their own play spaces. There is more potential in these than any plastic toys. Useful websites: Children’s Scrap Store Let the Children Play Further reading: Loose Parts Inspiring Play in Young Children by Lisa Daly & Miriam Beloglovsky Loose Parts 3: Inspiring Culturally Sustainable Environments Paperback by Lisa Daly & Miriam Beloglovsky – 3 Apr 2018