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Thinking about loose parts in school


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‘Loose parts play generally develops more skill and competence than most modern plastic toys as children need to use creativity and imagination to create their own worlds… To develop the use of loose parts effectively in the classroom we need to see the value in the children’s creativity… Anything that the children create themselves has more value than something we have done for them.’

Thinking about loose parts in school aims to provide practitioners in the education sector with information about the use of loose parts play materials during playtime and in the classroom.

This information sheet presents a range of research that discusses loose parts playtime interventions and reports on findings from a specific lunchtime study. It offers examples and tips on how using and providing loose parts supports child-led learning in a school setting.

Additionally, it contains a useful appendix which sets out research regarding how play and playing supports children’s learning, development, physical activity, health and well-being.

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Thank you
We are grateful to the following for their contributions and support:

  • Debbie Dunkley, Mount Stuart Primary School
  • Chantelle Haughton, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Cardiff School of Education and Social Policy
  • Ben Tawil, Ludicology.