Loose Parts play has been established across the K-2 outdoor play areas.  Loose parts are everyday 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.  Loose parts can be natural or synthetic such as: stones, stumps, sand, gravel, fabric, baskets,crates and boxes, logs, shells and seedpods, buckets, pallets, shells and seedpods, pipes, cable reels etc.

The provision of loose parts resources enhances children’s imaginary play and is really fantastic in terms of developing shared intention and learning to negotiate play without adult guidance. The items are not ‘rule bound’ and have no defined use.  Children can decide to change the shape or use of them.  They are accessible physically and stored where they can be reached by children without having to ask.

For more on the theory behind Loose Parts play, please follow the link below:

http://www.letthechildrenplay.net/2010/01/how-children-use-outdoor-play-spaces.html