Demand for information and development of loose parts play in schools and the community in East Lothian is keeping us all very busy!
One thing the many things we are working on in this project, is a short film to explain what loose parts are. Based on the success of our recent film #choose play https://vimeo.com/219369651, we have been working with the very lovely Agata from http://rawfilmproductions.com/, we hope to be able to use it in training and communication.
We were lucky enough to visit a few settings locally who use loose parts, in our area, to ask them about it.
We started the morning with Janet, Silvia and Kim at https://en-gb.facebook.com/MothersAndOthersBabyAndToddlerStayAndPlayGroup/
Where the children were enjoying all sorts of play including loose parts with water play and so many other choices, including a pretend campfire. We were made to feel very welcome. We can definitely recommend the atmosphere and the cuppa and cake! Which we could hardly have, as we were busy watching all of the play going on. Lots of busy little toddlers having lots of fun.
Our next stop was to meet with the children and team at Meadowpark Knox. They were very interested in the camera and Agata the film maker, we had some super chats. They did manage to show us the bike jump they made with loose parts and we all had a shot of the fun tree chunks that are used there daily.
The staff team at Meadowpark, have begun experimenting with some loose parts recently. They have already had lots of early success and we are hoping to build and develop that much more, with plans afoot for some quite exciting developments.
Aberlady primary was next, their loose parts have been up and running for nearly two years now, so the children are all experts and had lots of fun things to show us. The team at Aberlady, tell us that loose parts have changed the whole school. The children say it was quite boring before and they love it now.
They are lucky enough to have two types of loose parts, natural play in their woods, with mud kitchens and sticks and worms! They also have a play pod filled with lots of loose parts of all kinds from suitcases, to blankets and hard hats and much, much more.
Our last stop of the day was at a very special garden. One of our local childminder’s was kind enough to let us observe loose parts play for ages. It was really interesting to see how many clever ideas interested children of all ages. We also had a chat to some of the parents, who told us they had never heard of loose parts till recently, but now they had, they could see all sorts of imagination and creative thoughts going on. We think they are definitely a fan of loose parts now!
We wish to thank all of our amazing hosts. We had the best day observing and getting lots of hints and tips to share about loose parts play.
Thank you all so much!