By rwhitemarketing, May 1 2018 11:49AM
It's been almost two years since we last blogged about loose parts and we have come so far since.
Loose parts play has become a way of life here at The Learning Tree. The staff have watched the children's deep learning and engagement in these resources and slowly it has ever increasingly become part of the everyday culture here at the nursery.
Loose parts are not toys. Toys are designed with specific purposes; loose parts are not. We have de-cluttered our nursery with this in mind and have really thought about the resources we now offer the children
here. We have very limited plastic toys now, if any, and we have resources which children can use open endedly to engage them and their deep curiosity.
The concept of loose parts has been around forever or however long children have played with sticks and stones! The theory of loose parts was created in 1971 by an architect named Simon Nicholson.
Nicholson critized how children were always presented with finished materials, resources and environments that did not allow for any imagination. He believed that all children are creative beings and that this should be nurtured not robbed! The child's creativity comes from open-ended materials that can be constructed, manipulated and transformed through self-directed play. His solution, the way to nurture children's creativity was to give them loose parts and they have delighted children and adults since.
We believe in this theory our children have active minds and active hands with a gift of seeing possibilities that adults miss.In open-ended play children themselves decide what to do, how to do it, and what to use. For children who immerse in it, open ended play evolves in amazing ways. Initially it consists of fluid experimentation. Over time it becomes increasingly purposeful as children start to plan what to act out or invent. '(Community playthings, 2014')
When children are active, the synopsis in their brains are fired up and they become motivated to keep on trying, to master new skills and to experiance competence and mastery. Children have a deeper interest in
the activities they are involved in, working out problems, critical thinking and an urge to keep on trying. Loose parts have no fixed outcome therefore the process of exploration, discovery and engagement is where
deep learning happens. (The curiosity approach, 2018)
Take a look at some of the photos of the children using our loose parts resources, you can see the deep thinking and engagement on their faces.