Inspiring Play in Young ChildrenBook - 2015
Use loose parts to spark children's creativity and innovation
Loose parts are natural or synthetic found, bought, or upcycled materials that children can move, manipulate, control, and change within their play. Alluring and captivating, they capture children's curiosity, give free reign to their imagination, and motivate learning.
The hundreds of inspiring photographs showcase an array of loose parts in real early childhood settings. And the overviews of concepts children can learn when using loose parts provide the foundation for incorporating loose parts into your teaching to enhance play and empower children. The possibilities are truly endless.
This book demonstrates the use of found, bought, or upcycled materials that children can use in play in early childhood education settings. The authors discuss the learning benefits of loose parts like stones, shells, craft supplies, leaves, balls, wood, and metal, and how children can use them with their senses through color, texture, and sound play; in creativity (in art, design, and symbolic play); in action (movement, transporting, and connecting and disconnecting; and in inquiry, through construction, investigation, and correlation. Many photos of examples are included. Annotation ©2014 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)