Friday, 30 March 2018
LOOSE PARTS - "NON TOY" PLAY
The photograph above shows a gorgeous collection of loose parts that my daughter and I made into sets to sell. Some very happy families snapped them up, and got a lovely selection of items to play with!
This photo shows one of our boys playing with some off-cuts of wood that my husband brought home for them.
What sort of non-toy items can you provide for your children to play with?
It used to frustrate me when I saw lists that went along the lines of:
"Here are some great ideas for loose parts play:
And I would think "what etc?!?! More information please!!"
Over the years playing alongside my children, and researching more about loose parts I started to really understand the fun and play value of loose parts, and have been able to provide my children with many of the following items, some of them part of our household items, some natural finds from our walks, some have been op-shop treasures, and others I have purchased specially.
Here's a pretty comprehensive list I've come up with to get you started with some more of your own ideas:
tiny animal ornaments
mirror tiles or little discs
stainless steel pots
glass flat marbles
tiny brass ornaments
beeswax modelling clay
lump of real clay
raw or carded wool
lovely little jewellery boxes or similar
What can YOU provide for your children?
I'd love to see!
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All photograps my own except these two above.
The first shows a 'loose parts box' that a friend is setting up for her little girl, and the very sweet pic at the end was provided by a friend who threw this game together for her delighted little girl!