When choosing loose parts for infants and toddlers, avoid materials that are choking hazards. That being said, there are many different materials that can be introduced to infants and toddlers:

  • Cardboard food and packing containers
  • Plastic bottles, yogurt cups, and empty spice containers
  • Various fabric scraps or doilies
  • Pots, pans, funnels, and utensils
  • Large spools
  • Baskets and tin containers
  • Various lids
  • Paper towel rolls and tubes of various sizes and materials
  • Pompoms and cotton balls
  • Various sizes and shapes of foam
  • Large beads and napkin rings
  • Nature items such as mini gourds, leaves, shells, etc.
  • Wooden pegs and dowel rods
  • Tile samples
  • Wooden planks

There are many other materials that you could use – what loose parts have you used with infants and toddlers?  Tell us on Facebook here!

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