I sometimes daydream that if I could turn back the clock to when my children were babies (which I would do if I could!) I’d have No Toys policy. Not no play, or no things to play with, but no (or at least very, very few) store bought toys. Do children need toys? Today’s theme in our Simple Play Series is all about Loose Parts. Read on to find out what they are, how to use them, and join in with the play experiment.
We’ve been chatting over on NurtureStore’s Facebook page recently about free play with loose parts. I know many of you are working to include more and more bits-and-bobs and open-ended resources in your play spaces, and switching from plastic and commercial toys to more natural materials. So today I’m talking about why I love to encourage lots of free play in our home, and I have a super, printable list of loose parts you might like to try out.