So this weekend I dumped out a couple of vases full of river stones and put them in one of the new baskets. When the kids came down to explore some more with the beads, they found the stones along with a long mirror (from our closet) and got to work...
|While Beansie was content sticking with the|
glass beads while Busy got her turn with the
|Busy started with the river stones on the mirror|
|Then they came up with the idea to mix the|
parts. They noticed that some were transparent
and others were opaque and that they were all
Loose parts in the environment are meant to empower our creativity. To learn more about loose parts read this at Let the Children Play. She posts about the theory of loose parts, gives some examples of loose parts materials and lists reasons why play spaces should include loose parts. It's fascinating!