National Quality Standard
|QA1||Educational program and practice|
Australian Professional Standards for Teachers
|3||Plan for and implement effective teaching and learning|
|6||Engage in professional learning|
Engineering creativity in loose parts play’ involves open-ended and easily manipulated materials that children can use to construct, deconstruct and transport, both to support them in developing working theories of the physical world and to augment their social and imaginative play.
Since Simon Nicholson first formally described this natural aspect of children’s play in 1971, understandings of loose parts play have widened and diversified. In contemporary research, it is considered to be completely without boundaries and mix easily with other kinds of learning.
This webcast will examine many practical examples of loose parts play using materials that are recovered, upcycled or drawn from nature. These include opportunities for loose parts play in infant and toddler spaces and in symbolic and imaginative play.
Special emphasis will be placed on provisions that are environmentally responsible, encourage co-operation and problem-solving, and are cheap as chips!
- Consider the notion of loose parts play.
- Examine practical instances of loose parts play.
- Consider loose parts play with young infants through to school-age children.
- View both Australian and international perspectives and practical implementation of loose parts play.
Duration: 1 hour
Watch the trailer for Engineering creativity: Celebrating loose parts play for all ages below: