Loose Parts: Incorporating Found Objects and Open-Ended Materials into the Classroom

(103 customer reviews)

We’ve probably all witnessed a child spend hours playing with a box that a toy came in over the actual toy! Children prefer materials that give them the opportunity to be creative, be curious and be independent. One of the most effective ways to encourage this is to incorporate materials in your classroom that support children’s natural curiosity. In this course, participants will explore theory, implementation and ways to include loose parts into their curriculum in developmentally appropriate ways. After this course, participants will have the tools and strategies to embark on their own loose parts journey that will benefit children’s learning on all levels.

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103 reviews for Loose Parts: Incorporating Found Objects and Open-Ended Materials into the Classroom

  1. Cordney ATLANTA, GA

    Great information.

  2. Rosemarie FORT MILL, SC

    very inspiring and fun for the teacher as well

  3. Alyssa LOUISVILLE, KY

    more ideas and examples for infants


    Loved the class

  5. deborah PADUCAH, KY

    So much easier than having to travel to trainings.


    Learned a new way or teaching through this course and very useful ideas

  7. Patti CEDAR PARK, TX


  8. Tammy PINELAND, SC

    I do enjoyed this course. All Teachers should take this course. I learned so much.

  9. My Chau ANNANDALE, VA

    Loose part is very useful, excited for children to play with

  10. Taylor LAWRENCE, KS

    I really enjoyed this one and plan to implement in my classroom as soon as possible! Thank you!


    I really enjoyed this course. Lots of good ideas.

  12. Joanna BURTON, MI

    I like the new layout of the courses. .

  13. Martha GREENCASTLE, IN

    This is one of the best online courses I have taken!

  14. Sarah ONTARIO, CA

    the course was well prepared and organized

  15. Stephanie EUGENE, OR

    This was a great class. I learned a great deal. Thank you.

  16. Diana LAKE ARIEL, PA

    This topic was excellent. Maybe webinars on specifics, I.e., science ideas etc can be created. Also from a leadership perspective how can we develop a schoolwide approach. Nicely done.

  17. Karin TORRINGTON, CT


  18. Kristy GLEN ALLEN, VA

    I enjoyed reading personal experiences from other teachers. Thank you for including them in the lesson.

  19. Yavanna ARCATA, CA

    I really liked how this information was presented and I appreciated that it didn’t rely to heavily on videos.

  20. Gale ROCKVILLE, MD

    I finally understand ways I can incorporate loose parts with my students. You made it very step by step and clear on how to do so and consider the ambience and ways to be open ended but still have control.

  21. Brandee LAVONIA, GA

    Course was very well organized and offered many great suggestions for incorporating loose objects into the learning areas of my classroom.

  22. Sandra BRONX, NY

    The course was good, because I learn more about how use Loose Parts in the classroom.

  23. Denise SUN VALLEY, NV

    Our center has begun introducing parts activities. This class has given me so many ideas. I have already passed on the name of this course and will recommend it.


    I really liked this course and the creative suggestions.

  25. Trisha STATESBORO, GA

    I really enjoyed this lesson. I am excited to try these ideas and I loved the video!

  26. Rosemarie MAMARONECK, NY

    this was excellent, I really cant wait to implement these idea in my own classroom

  27. Laticia HARTFORD, CT

    Awesome information

  28. Annamarie ROUND HILL, VA

    By far this has been my favorite course! I cant wait to implement what I have learned.


    Excellent, stimulating and informative course.

  30. april BETHANY, CT

    This course was very interesting and i will definitely have new ideas for my classroom after we go back

  31. Virginia NEW MILFORD, CT

    this was a good course because it made you think of using natural things to be added to the traditional supplies.

  32. barbara WEST HAVEN, CT

    this was a very useful training

  33. Carol ORLANDO, FL

    Thank you very much for including the video of the ‘play pods’.

  34. Mary HENDERSON, KY

    I thoroughly enjoyed the way this was presented and all of the useful information that was shared!

  35. Nadine JEANNETTE, PA

    Truly enjoyed this training. Looking forward to using more of it in my classroom!

  36. Karin ROCHESTER, NY

    This course was very useful with great deal information on this Loose Parts.

  37. Mary HARTFORD, CT

    love ever thing taught in this course and it is very helpful to all in the education field.

  38. Amina BEAVERTON, OR

    I got lots of ideas to play with the children with loose parts

  39. Ashlie CARY, IL

    great course

  40. Tkeya GROVEPORT, OH

    Loved everything about this training. I have always been a fan of the Reggio theory of teaching so this is close to my heart and the way I have raised and taught my son at home

  41. Lakisha WARREN, MI

    Great information I learned a lot

  42. Rita FAIRFAX, VA

    I learned a lot about loose parts and I can’t wait to use it in my classroom.

  43. Maria DE WITT, MI

    I really enjoyed this class I believe all preschool classes schould be set up with different items.




    Just so pleased to see validation of children’s innate creativity. Goodbye coloring sheets Please!! Maybe a whole course on the wonders of clay from infancy on.


    Just so pleased to see validation of children’s innate creativity. Goodbye coloring sheets Please!! Maybe a whole course on the wonders of clay from infancy on.

  47. Maria Elena CARRBORO, NC

    I like this trainings and I will recommend them

  48. Shannon FREDERICK, CO

    love loose parts

  49. maria BLOOMFIELD, CT

    Thank you for this well written training on Loose Parts! The teacher scenarios and examples were very unique and helpful!


    Loved all the new ideas for using different found objects.

  51. Elianne SPARKS, NV

    Great class! Thank you!


    Great course

  53. Barbara CONYERS, GA

    I have enjoyed this course very much and look forward to using suggestions in course in my classroom.

  54. Julie COLUMBIA, SC

    Loose Parts was intriguing and encouraging! Thank you!

  55. Denise PASADENA, MD

    Thank you. This course was very informative. Loose Parts has opened up my eyes to the importance of using multi-open ended materials in the classroom. Also how vital loose parts are in all areas of development.


    very well done! Interesting and relevant!

  57. Christina ROCKVILLE, MD

    very interesting. Loved how it expanded my knowledge of lose parts

  58. Tina FREDERICK, MD

    Very happy to learn with the way the course was set up.

  59. Kathleen LISBON, CT

    Enjoyed this course immensely!

  60. zandra NEW BRITAIN, CT

    All the ideas are creative and helpful

  61. Susan GOOSE CREEK, SC

    love this class

  62. Lynda LELAND, NC

    really enjoyed this topic very interesting

  63. jill BLOOMFIELD, CT

    This course really made me start thinking about different ways to use loose parts in my classroom.

  64. Kecia GREAT NECK, NY

    well thought out topic and very interesting. Helps not only the children but the teachers as well think outside the box.


    Well done class

  66. Brittany WAUWATOSA, WI

    I LOVED this loose part course. We are about 95% loose parts, so its so nice to see validation of what we are doing in the classroom. I think this course will help other teachers i work with understand why we are doing it. A lot of times we get a lot of guff for not doing worksheets and cookie cutter art projects.


    Really enjoyed this course

  68. Stephanie LIMERICK, PA

    I really enjoyed learning how to incorporate loose parts into my classroom

  69. Kathrine MILLBURY, MA

    awesome course!

  70. Jeannette BELLE VERNON, PA

    Loose Pats was very informative and laid out well Learned a great deal from the teachers experiences

  71. Fernandez KENDALL, FL

    I am looking forward to taking more of these courses.

  72. King CHICAGO, IL

    I enjoyed the training.

  73. Esther BOARDMAN, OH

    I like that you gave many examples and allow us to print out the information!

  74. Kerry WAUKEHSA, WI

    I learned a lot

  75. Judith BROWNSTOWN, MI

    Very thought provoking course!


    Just started with this website and I am impressed.

  77. Rosemarie FORT MILL, SC


  78. Mercedes BETHESDA, MD

    Excellent class. It provided me with options to use additional options to improve my teaching skills


    This was one of my favorite courses and helped me open my news to new ways to incorporate learning .

  80. Denise DENVER, CO

    The course was interesting can use items to incorporate into lessons

  81. Virginia LOUISVILLE, KY

    This class give me lots of new ideas!!

  82. Nadine ATLANTA, GA

    Excellent and valuable information. Great ideas too!

  83. Josie SOUTH EL MONTE, CA

    Thank you for sharing this information! I will definitely apply to my classroom.

  84. Diane DENVER, CO

    I think this training was very useful


    I really like this course. It was different from the usual STEAM courses that seem to consume a lot of the courses offered. I loved this course.

  86. dionne ELLINGTON, CT

    I thought this course was real informative on how to enhance kids play and learning in and out of the classroom.

  87. lisa CONCORD, MA

    I go alot of wonderful ideas from this course!

  88. Whitney HYATTSVILLE, MD

    Thank you for such an informative course. I can’t help but think that Loose Parts is just a necessary re-imagining of how growing up “used to be” before technology, changing social mores and baseless fear critically infected childhood so many years ago. I cherish my early days, racing leaves as they floated in the gutter and down the street when my neighbor let his sprinklers run too long. Or building a sail with my older brother with leftover wood from my Dad’s pile of scraps and a sheet my mom let me have so I could roller skate down the street against the wind, then turn around and let it effortlessly blow me all the way back up the street at death defying speeds. It’s not just a calling to teach little ones these days, but a duty. We need to set things straight again for children and I will try my best as long as I am able.

  89. Robin FORT BRAGG, NC

    everything was good

  90. Vanessa WEAVERVILLE, NC

    Great class

  91. kim TRION, GA

    I can’t tell you enough how much this course has helped it makes me very eager to learn more.

  92. Roxie FAIRBORN, OH

    This course gave me new ideas to add to my classroom.

  93. Debbie MARIETTA, GA

    This was one of my favorite classes! The information was well thought out and presented and such an important topic.

  94. Marina BETHESDA, MD

    Very interesting course with a lot and good information

  95. Prophet LAUREL, MD

    Very good experience

  96. Sharon BREMERTON, WA

    I really enjoyed this course and look forward to implementing more loose parts into the classroom.

  97. Mckenna MARKLE, IN

    Learning about loose tools was very beneficial

  98. Erin MARIETTA, GA

    This was the best course I’ve taken. I really enjoyed it.

  99. Carmen LELAND, NC

    Thank you for this course help me a lot.

  100. Mary ALTHA, FL

    Great course

  101. Kim VENICE, FL

    I enjoyed the loose parts class and looking forward to getting our area set up for this

  102. Gayle SUMTER, SC

    I really liked this course. Using loose parts in a curriculum is relatively easy and it benefits the whole child. The video was awesome! Watching the children engage in social interactions, imaginative play, gross and fine motor skills, problem solving and so many other activities was wonderful. Loose Parts is a great opportunity for educators to increase learning and fun for children.

  103. Gayle SUMTER, SC

    Wonderful course!

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