Once children have stopped mouthing materials and have better muscle coordination, many different loose parts materials can be introduced.  Practically any safe material can be used as a loose part in a preschool classroom. The items provided to infants and toddlers can be enhanced with:

  • Various lengths of string, yarn, and ribbon
  • Sand paper scraps
  • Wooden sticks, disks, and logs
  • Polished and unpolished stones and rocks
  • Prisms, sea glass, and glass pebbles
  • Wire
  • Items made from cork or sponge
  • Dried and fresh flowers
  • Various seeds and pine cones
  • Clothes pins
  • Straw bales
  • Tires
  • Milk crates
  • PVC pipes and tubing
  • Pool noodles cut to different lengths
  • Buttons
  • Clothing made from a variety of fabrics
  • Dirt, mud, clay, etc.
  • Magnets
  • Dice and other random game pieces
  • Popsicle sticks or tongue depressors

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For the main article Exploring Loose Parts, CLICK HERE

For the article Benefits of Loose Parts, CLICK HERE

For the article Loose Parts for Infants & Toddlers, CLICK HERE

For the article Director’s Corner – Helping Teachers Get Started with Loose Parts, CLICK HERE