What are loose part resources at nursery?
Cotton reels, curtain rings, beads, buttons, tins, pots, pegs, stones and feathers. These are known as loose parts, and are a key part of the Kindred vision.
When you have previously popped in to our nurseries, you may have questioned some of the odd resources available to your children? Have you noticed that we have things such as: cotton reels, curtain rings, beads, buttons, tins, pots, pegs, stones, feather... the list could go on!
These are known as loose parts, and are a key part of the Kindred vision. Clearly loose parts are not toys in the traditional sense of the word, but we love the open ended play and learning experiences that these can offer to our children. For babies they provide a sensory experience exploring textures and shapes. As children develop it can spark imagination. Do you remember playing with stick as a child? What different purposes did a stick have? A wand, a sword, fishing rod or even a horse.
Having resources with no prescriptive use, adult direction or end goal, encourages children to be problem solvers and critical thinkers and really nurtures their imagination and creativity. Why not give it a try? Read our Top Tips for ideas of how to introduce it at home.