Loose Parts Play

Loose Parts are available at Newton for children to engage with in our playground at lunchtimes. They may also be used during class time to enhance curricular learning.

What are Loose Parts?

Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, taken apart and put back together in many different ways.  Unlike toys, they are materials with no specific set of instructions. Children can use them freely, making their own decisions about how to use them.

Loose Parts might include…

  • Log slices
  • Tarpaulins
  • Blankets
  • Cardboard
  • Tubes and guttering
  • Crates and Pallets
  • Buckets
  • Bike and car tyres
  • Planks of wood
  • Pots and pans
  • Ropes
  • Trays and baskets

Why do we have Loose Parts Play at Newton?

Loose parts provide ways for your child to grow and learn physically, emotionally, socially and cognitively.  Loose parts play…

  • Encourages learning through play
  • Develops creativity and imagination
  • Encourages open ended learning
  • Improves pupil relationships
  • Encourages children to be more physically active
  • Develops pupils’ problem solving skills
  • Establishes a culture where risk is supported
  • Develops pupils’ resilience
  • Enhances curricular learning
  • Provides another activity for children at lunchtimes

Feedback from pupils about their Loose Parts Play experiences

‘It’s really fun!’  P1 pupil

‘It’s good because you get to make different things’ P1 Pupil

‘You learn about teamwork’ P1 Pupil

‘You get to be creative’ P2 Pupil

‘You get to make friends with people in different classes’ P3 Pupil

‘Lets you use your imagination’ P5 Pupil

‘You’ve got to do problem solving to work out the best way to do something’ P7 Pupil

All pupils have agreed upon a set of rules for enjoying Loose Parts Play safely.

Loose Parts Rules

Please see the Parent Information Leaflet below for more information and details of ways to help and support our Loose Parts Play Project.

NPS Loose Parts Play leaflet

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