We all know that most young children would rather play with the box their new toy comes in than the toy itself. This is a great example of Loose Parts Play.
Loose Parts Play incorporates random every day objects - like scrap pieces of wood, fabrics, ribbons, ropes, boxes or string - and gives children the opportunity to engage with the objects, explore their unique properties and manipulate them in the most creative, imaginative and open-ended way.
There are no instructions. There are infinite play possibilities.
Loose Parts Play is self-directed play where creativity and imagination take the lead.
What are the benefits of Loose Parts Play?
Encourages imagination, creativity and open-ended play
Strengthens fine and gross motor skills
Enhances critical thinking skills and problem solving skills