Coined by architect Simon Nicholson in the 1970s, the theory of loose parts play claims that we are all creative and that loose parts in an environment will empower our creativity.
During loose parts play, children are exploring possibilities, moving, carrying, manipulating, designing, combining, with no specific directions or outcome.
We have an old bread baking pan with various natural items. These items are an invitation to create, design, and play. Look at some of the creations made from these materials!
In the photos below, two girls are using sticks and branches to recreate the climbing structure that was behind them. Truly creative and observant!