Summary: Give students an opportunity to express their creativity during this unstructured, multi-sensory craft/play time.
For more explanation of loose parts play and its benefits, see our curriculum page.
- “Loose parts” – plastic containers/bottles, cardboard boxes, paper towel/toilet paper rolls, rope/string, play doh, fabric, paper, tape, glue, etc.
- Find a space to conduct the loose parts play. Consider going outside as it is less restrictive and students can use loose parts that they find outdoors.
- Invite students to interact with the loose parts and with each other. Interfere as little as possible and encourage students to direct their own play.
- Clean-up the space once play and debriefing is over.
- Angle loose parts play towards the theme “Our Planet” by using only outdoor materials and/or recycled materials.
- Give students an opportunity to share their experiences. What parts did you play with and how did you use them?
- [Our Planet angle] What are some other activities you can do to reuse materials? What impact does reusing materials have on the environment?
Grade Level: All grades
Activity Length: Long (>30 minutes)
Messiness Level: Very Messy