"Loose Parts" Materials Offers Inspiration!

In 1971, Simon Nicholson wrote an article in a Landscape Architecture journal called How NOT to Cheat Children – The Theory of Loose Parts. Over the decades which have ensued, Nicholson’s paper has had a profound impact on many childcare professionals, particularly playworkers, early years practitioners and outdoor and environmental educators.


Loose parts play develops skills across the whole curriculum. It is child-led, and helps children strengthen their independence and sense of self. It helps children observe, enquire, investigate, construct, deconstruct and engage with both others and the world around them.




How can you bring more loose parts play to your leaning environment?

Here are two great links to learn more:

https://creativestarlearning.co.uk/early-years-outdoors/simon-nicholson-and-the-theory-of-loose-parts-1-million-thanks/

https://earlyimpactlearning.com/14-benefits-of-loose-parts-play-with-examples/




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