DESIGN ELEMENT

5. Loose parts - materials that can be manipulated and moved

DESCRIPTION

A concept borrowed from early childhood education and increasingly being adopted by primary schools. Loose parts such as driftwood, tyres, planks, and slices of tree trunks that children can use to work collaboratively to create structures such as huts, sculptures and play areas they’ve designed and created themselves.

PURPOSE AND EXPLANATION OF MECHANISM

  • To foster more creative and collaborative play

  • To provide for riskier play experiences to help children learn and practise making judgments around risk, build their motor skills, perseverance, self-control and resilience

  • To foster opportunities for tamariki and whānau to engage in creative and collaborative play together, fostering relationships and building connectivity