In the 1970's by architect Simon Nicholson, proposed an idea about loose parts. He believed loose parts in the environment empower our creativity.Loose parts are materials that can be moved, carried, combined, redesigned, lined up, and taken apart and put back together in multiple ways. Check out how children use loose parts in the Art Studio here.
There are many reasons why play spaces should include a multitude of loose parts, including:
· Loose parts can be used anyway children choose.
· Loose parts can be adapted and manipulated in many ways.
· Loose parts encourage creativity and imagination.
· Loose parts develop more skill and competence than most modern plastic toys
· Loose parts can be used in many different ways
· Loose parts can be used in combination with other materials to support imagination
· Loose parts encourage open ended learning.
· Children choose loose parts over fancy toys.